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Lenny minus XEmacs equals unhappiness
Posted by Arthur on Wed 21 May 2008 at 09:22
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Just now the FreeBSD 7.0 disk on my desk looks compelling. I always keep a FreeBSD box running anyway, so it wouldn't be a difficult transition.

I was mostly okay with the openssl debacle, as it was just one major SNAFU in a dozen years of running Debian. I lost a day's wages to the update, but I can accept that. I'm no stranger to vi, write my email and handle quick edits in vim, but I prefer and am most productive using XEmacs to write the code that brings in the bulk of my income. The quarter hour I lost to reinstalling XEmacs from the unstable distribution seemed like a much bigger problem than the day I lost to the emergency openssl update.

I know it's irrational to freak out over such a simple thing, but I'm not and don't aspire to become absolutely rational.

I hope that all things Debian get back to normal soon.


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Re: Lenny minus XEmacs equals unhappiness
Posted by simonw (84.45.xx.xx) on Thu 22 May 2008 at 07:54
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Looks like Britney removed it due to an open security bug, and broken dependencies. I fear this is life in testing. I've found packages I like removed by Britney before, she is brutal but fair.

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Re: Lenny minus XEmacs equals unhappiness
Posted by Arthur (76.74.xx.xx) on Thu 22 May 2008 at 08:08
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Yeah, I saw that when I went on the quest to restore my normally serene state. Fortunately, there won't be any "user-assisted attackers" assaulting my workstation. Anyone tinkering with my workstation is going to become a user-assaulted attacker! :-)

The gnome-libs bug is somewhat bogus, as xemacs21 is a metapackage that doesn't necessarily depend upon an xemacs21-gnome-* package. I found the gnome-infected version to be too crash-prone for my liking way back when it first came along, and haven't felt compelled to retrial it.

So far as I can tell, the version from sid is fixed, so I'm happily banging away at XEmacs as soon as I click the Confirm button.

Thanks for the followup. Be well!

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