Re: lintian bug or not ?
On Wed, Dec 20, 2000 at 05:57:25PM +0100, Christian Marillat wrote:
> >>>> "S'P" == Sean 'Shaleh' Perry <email@example.com> writes:
> I've another problem with lintian.
> Lintian complain if I make a symlink with changelog.Debian like :
> /usr/share/doc/gnome-panel-data/changelog.Debian.gz -> ../gnome-panel/changelog.Debian.gz
> E: gnome-panel-data: debian-changelog-file-missing
> This is normal ?
Lintian has no way to check whether the changelog is valid, since it isn't in
the package. It seems to have a special check for packages which symlink
/usr/share/doc/mypkg1 -> /usr/share/doc/mypkg2, and skips those. But if
changelog.Debian.gz is a symlink, it expects it not to be broken. It seems
like lintian's thinking is that if you include a doc directory, it should
contain a copy of the changelog. If all of the docs are the same, symlink the
whole doc directory.
I personally prefer that all packages contain a copy of the changelog. I think
it is very important that one can download a new version of any single package
and see the changelog. This would not be as important, I guess, if there were
a way to see the changelog for a package without downloading it.
At any rate, policy seems to say that this it is OK in some situations not to
include a changelog.