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From: Mike Frysinger <vapier@g.o>
Subject: Re: Re: [gentoo-dev-announce] debug USE flag misuse
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2010 14:40:25 -0400
On Thursday, July 01, 2010 08:53:19 Vaeth wrote:
> The debug USE flag in eix is also about convenience for the user:
> If eix segfaults, it prints instructions how to produce a backtrace
> in such a way which is most likely useful for upstream to locate
> the problem.
> Currently, these instructions are rather simple, because they can
> refer to USE=debug. Omitting the debug USE flag would complicate
> the instructions, making debugging less convenient for the user
> and for upstream. Why should such an inconvenience be necessary?
> Only to follow some abstract fundamental policy about what USE flags
> are allowed to do?  If this is really the case then perhaps there is
> something wrong with that policy.

this is in no way specific to eix.  if you want convenience, design a real 
solution common to *all* packages and post it to the list.  
arbitrary/inconsistent hacks utilizing USE=debug is wrong.
-mike
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