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Re: Behaviour for missing homepage field in prospective packages

Hi Andreas,

Thanks for all the work!  regarding homepage: although probably 99% of
package have such one, some, theoretically, might  not -- just a
download folder at minimum.  So, should then those be pointed to as the

P.S. Fixed NEST -- got homepage ;)

On Mon, 17 Jan 2011, Andreas Tille wrote:

> Hi,

> I'm currently rewriting the code which renders the web sentinel tasks
> pages and stumbled upon one issue.  When writing the former code I
> intended to implement it this way that for a package which is not in
> the Debian pool to fields are mandatory:

>   Homepage and Pkg-Description

> When comparing the rendering result of the old and the new code I
> realised that the old code did not matched my specification because even
> if the (prospective) package nest is lacking a Homepage field it is
> rendered at

>   http://blends.debian.net/science/tasks/neuroscience-modeling#nest

> The new code will just cause an intry in the logs:

> ERROR - blendstasktools.py (1495): Package nest neither in pool nor new and has no homepage information - ignored   

> and no paragraph for nest will be rendered because the field is missing
> (see below for a snipped from the relevan tasks file).  The question is
> now:  What behaviour would you consider reasonable?  Should we enforce
> specifying a homepage field or not?  (This question is not only
> targetting against this specific package but in general.)

> Kind regards

>      Andreas.

> Snippet from tasks/neuroscience-modeling:

>  ; Added by blends-inject 0.0.5. [Please note here if modified manually]
> Suggests: nest
> Responsible: Yury V. Zaytsev <yury@shurup.com>
> License: non-FOSS
> Vcs-Browser: http://git.zaytsev.net/?p=nest-packaging.git;a=summary
> Vcs-Git: git://git.zaytsev.net/nest-packaging.git
> Pkg-URL: http://git.zaytsev.net/?p=nest-packaging.git;a=summary
> Pkg-Description: A simulator for networks of spiking neurons
>  NEST is a simulation system for large networks of biologically realistic
>  point-neurons and neurons with a small number of electrical compartments.
> Published-Authors: Gewaltig M-O and Diesmann M
> Published-In: Scholarpedia 2(4):1430
> Published-Title: NEST (Neural Simulation Tool)
> Published-Year: 2007
> Registration: http://www.nest-initiative.org/download/Software:Download.php
> Remark: Mentioned packaging is not providing NEST itself but rather only packaging materials so you could
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