ok, I have to retract a portion of yesterday's entry. The RC bug for ivtools reported on debian-devel-announce (#94609) was fixed in March 2002, prior to the final freeze. So it still seems to me ivtools was removed from woody for an undocumented reason, in an undocumented manner.
thom, I've invested time to fix problems that only show up for Debian. Don't you think some sort of reciprocity is in order? Sure, with open-source one can package a distribution without any viable relationship with the developers, but what happens when you need them?
jbucata, is there an all option when searching newsgroups at lists.debian.org? Without that it is quite a task to find those needles in that haystack of newsgroup postings.