Missing tag devel::lang:brainfuck

Enrico Zini enrico at enricozini.org
Wed Nov 8 17:44:23 CET 2006

On Wed, Nov 08, 2006 at 03:55:25PM +0100, Andrea Bolognani wrote:

> > I was just playing with debtags-edit, trying to add tags to my package beef,
> > and I was disappointed by the fact there is no devel::lang:brainfuck tag.
> > I guess it's not such an important tag -- in fact there are only two packages
> > currently in Debian that would require it -- however I think without such a
> > tag one of the most important aspects of my package is not described.
> > Is it possible to add this tag to the vocabulary?
> I'm quoting this mail since I sent it a week ago and it didn't get any reply
> yet. I'd really like to have some feedback.

It's actually a difficult problem.  We have a constant influx of all
sorts of development tools for more or less minor languages, such as 
aleph, A+, aspectc++, boo, brainfuck, cduce, chuck, confluence, all the
various dialects of Lisp/Scheme and those of ML, faust, gambas, goo,
gvrng, haxe, kaya, lisaac, mercury, mozart, oberon2, scala, slate,
slice, crm114, spl, tela, u++, unlambda, whitespace, yorick, zinc, zoem.

There are two possible solutions so far: one is to make a tag
devel::lang:exotic that encompasses them all (but then who decides if a
language is exotic?  Would Pascal be exotic, for example?  And Forth?
And Postscript?).  The other is to make a new tag for every language
that enters Debian, confusing the Debtags language list for very little

These two possible solutions, to my judgemnt, produce more problems than
they solve.

The non-action solution is probably the best: don't add any tag, and one
can just use devel::interpreter and devel::compiler without specifying
the language.



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