[Box Backup] Debian now requires 2048bit RSA keys

Chris Wilson chris+google at qwirx.com
Mon Jun 10 08:52:49 BST 2019

Hi Reinhard,

I don't blame you. I think that for Debian to upgrade a package, changing a
global setting, break some of its dependencies, and then kick out the
resulting broken packages a month later (nearly a year before the expected
release date) seems pretty harsh. In this case it took me 4.5 months to fix
the issue from when you reported it to me, so unless a package has at least
one full-time developer, a month simply isn't enough to fix this issue. Not
even close for a hobbyist like myself.

Thanks, Chris.

On Sun, 9 Jun 2019 at 23:26, Reinhard Tartler <siretart at gmail.com> wrote:

> Agreed!
> In this case, the bug was reported on Aug 24 2018 by Adrian Bunk. It was
> removed about a months later, namely on September 23, for failing to build
> from source. Four weeks is arguably quite fast. Or quite slow, depending on
> whom you talk to.
> I probably could have reacted by disabling the test suite. Or by prodding
> you in those four weeks harder. Or at last have the bug fixed by end of
> last year, which would have left enough time to re-migrate to testing. In
> the future, I'll know better.
> Again, sorry. I'm happy to help with getting the package to
> buster-backports once it opens.
> -rt
> On Sun, Jun 9, 2019 at 5:29 PM Chris Wilson <chris at simply-italian.co.uk>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> It seems a bit egregious to kick out packages that were broken by a minor
>> version upgrade in one of their dependencies (which after all is not
>> supposed to break anything), without any warning, let alone time to fix
>> such a complex issue properly.
>> I hope that Debian will consider carefully whether this course of action
>> was really in the best interests of its users.
>> Thanks, Chris.
> --
> regards,
>     Reinhard
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