Missing tag devel::lang:brainfuck
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
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
GPG key: 1024D/797EBFAB 2000-12-05 Enrico Zini <enrico at debian.org>
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