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Alec Warner wrote:
> Effective-Date: Date the mask goes into effect. This means you can
> mask stuff in the future.
> Expiration-Date: Date the mask ends. This means you can have masks
> that expire after a given time.
While I do not see a problem with Effective-Date, I do not think
Expiration-Date is too good of an idea as it would be quite easy for it
to backfire and have a negative effect.
For example, someone might decide to remove a package from the tree and
mask it with an expiration date, but forget to remove the package before
the mask expires. Small, careless mistakes like these may lead to much
If this is at all implemented, it must be made *clear* that this should
only be used for certain scenarios where it can not become a problem,
such as when masking a package with an expiration date of when the
package is scheduled to hit the official mirrors. Even then, it can
become somewhat of a problem if there is a gap between when the packages
should hit the mirrors and when they actually do, as it would result in
While automation of this may lead to things being *slightly* simpler and
quicker, it may also lead to problems in the future. It would be much
more fool-proof to manually remove masks than to have a feature such as
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