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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] The dangers of repository deletion

From: Julien Kyou
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] The dangers of repository deletion
Date: Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:45:25 -0400
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On April 1, 2016 2:42:57 PM AST, Fabio Pesari <> wrote:
>The recent left-pad fiasco on NPM just showed that in order for free
>software to be reliable, it must be stored permanently (since the
>license allows it).
>Github, the most popular project hosting platform at the moment, allows
>users to delete their repositories. That's very dangerous considering
>that many programs that aren't packaged by distros will likely be lost
>forever if their developers ever decide to delete their repos (and that
>can happen for a number of reasons, I myself deleted some repos in the
>past); and since Github (unlike Savannah) is a for-profit site, there
>no guarantee that the data will always be available to everyone, or
>they won't shut down (it already happened with Google Code, BerliOS and
>Gitorious, after all).
>I think developers should be allowed to abandon and disown their
>programs, but deleting them can only do more harm than good. I've
>already seen many programs become lost forever

I see you point and have experienced this myself, but sometimes I found they 
had just moved. Also as a beginner I published much broken unusable code, I 
don't see why this should remain available forever.

I'm not disagreeing with you, I just don't think its that simple.

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