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Extended descriptions: current status

Here's the current status of the extended descriptions for all the
packages in the main part of the Project.

Please see debian/project/standards/descriptions.txt for hints on how
to write the Description fields for your packages.

There are a total of 255 packages, 55% of which have extended
descriptions without any of the probable faults detected by my script.
If you spot any badly formatted extended descriptions that haven't
been caught by my script please let me know and I'll try to enhance

Typos, descriptions that contain information not useful at
package-selection time or which isn't relevant to the Debian package
and other mistakes are obviously not detected by my script.

It would be useful if someone with a fair amount of time on their
hands were to go through all the packages with descriptions and check
them for usefulness, spelling, &c.


Summary of number of packages in each category:
   141 Extended description provided and looks good
     1 Extended description contains whitespace-only lines - very bad
     1 Extended description starts with empty line
    10 Start of extended description is indented
     6 Extended description appears to be right-justified
     3 Summary description starts with package name
    93 No extended description

Extended description contains whitespace-only lines - very bad:
 pari (1.39a-1)                           Jim Robinson <jimr@simons-rock.edu>

Extended description starts with empty line:
 joe (2.8-0)                              Christian Linhart <chris@cosy.sbg.a

Summary description starts with package name:
 tin (1.22-6)                             Kenny Wickstrom <kenny@kennet.com> 
 vm (5.92beta-1)                          Richard Kettlewell <richard@elmail.
 xpm (3.4f-1)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  

Extended description appears to be right-justified:
 file (3.18-1)                            Bill Mitchell <mitchell@mdd.comm.mo
 less (290-3)                             mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 rcs (5.7-1)                              Sven Rudolph <sr1@inf.tu-dresden.de
 tf (3.5a10-0)                            Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   
 xpat2 (1.03-2)                           Sven Rudolph <sr1@inf.tu-dresden.de
 xsok (1.00-2)                            Sven Rudolph <sr1@inf.tu-dresden.de

Start of extended description is indented:
 auto-pgp (1.04-0)                        Mike Deisher <deisher@dspsun.eas.as
 bison (A2.3-1)                           Anders Chrigstrom <ac@netg.se>     
 bison-parsers (A2.3-1)                   Anders Chrigstrom <ac@netg.se>     
 c2man (2.33-1-1)                         mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 dld (3.2.6-2)                            Guy R. Thomas <gthomas@native-ed.bc
 mh (6.8.3-2)                             Jim Robinson <jimr@simons-rock.edu>
 pico (2.5-1)                             Ted Hajek <tedhajek@boombox.micro.u
 sendmail (8.6.12-6)                      Anders Chrigstrom <ac@netg.se>     
 svgalib (1.25-4)                         Ted Hajek <tedhajek@boombox.micro.u
 tgifR6 (2.16p8-0)                        Christian Linhart <chris@cosy.sbg.a

No extended description:
 acm (4.7-3)                              Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 acs (016-1)                              Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 amstex (2.1-1)                           Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 ax25-kernel-source (1.2.1-1)             Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 ax25-util (0.28.0-2)                     Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 bash (1.14.4-2)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 biff (5.3-4)                             Peter Tobias <tobias@et-inf.fho-emd
 bin86 (0.1-2)                            Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 binutils (2.5.2-3)                       Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 bsdutils (1.3-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 byacc (1.9-2)                            Peter Tobias <tobias@server.et-inf.
 cdtool (1.0-3)                           D.J. Gregor <dgregor@bronze.coil.co
 chfn (1.0-4)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 cpio (2.3-2)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 dialog (0.6-1)                           Mike Deisher <deisher@dspsun.eas.as
 dlltools (2.17-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 doc (0.93-5)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 electric-fence (2.0.5-1)                 Anders Chrigstrom <ac@netg.se>     
 emacs-el (19.29-4)                       Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 es (0.84-1)                              Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 fdflush (1.0.0-0)                        Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 fileutils (3.12-2)                       Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 findutils (4.1-4)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 flex (2.5.2-1)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 fortune (2.1-1)                          David H. Silber <dhs@firefly.com>  
 gawk (2.15.6-1)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 gdb (4.14-1)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 ghostviewR6 (1.5-3)                      Helmut Geyer, Helmut.Geyer@iwr.uni-
 glibcdoc (0.06-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 gnuchess (4.0.74-2)                      Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 gnuplot (3.5-3)                          D.J. Gregor <dgregor@coil.com>     
 grep (2.0-3)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 gsfonts (2.6.1-2)                        Ted Hajek <tedhajek@boombox.micro.u
 gzip (1.2.4-6)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 hostname (1.6-2)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 image (1.2.13-2)                         Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 inewsinn (1.4sec-7)                      Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 ircii (2.8.2-1)                          Carl Streeter <streeter@cae.wisc.ed
 ispell (3.1.18-1)                        Robinson, Jim <jimr@simons-rock.edu
 jargon (3.1.0-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 kbd (0.90-3)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 libc (4.6.27-5)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 libg++ (2.6.2-2)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 libident (0.16-1)                        Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 librl (2.0.3-2)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 lilo (16-0)                              Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 lpr (5.9-6)                              Peter Tobias <tobias@et-inf.fho-emd
 lrzsz (0.11)                             Matt Porter <porter+@osu.edu>      
 m4 (1.4-1)                               Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 mailx (8.1-4)                            Carl Streeter <streeter@cae.wisc.ed
 mh-papers (6.8.3-1)                      Jim Robinson <jimr@simons-rock.edu>
 minicom                                  Matt Porter <porter+@osu.edu>      
 modules (1.2.8-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 mount (2.4-5)                            Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 ncurses-developer (1.9.4-0)              Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 ncurses-runtime (1.9.4-0)                Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 nvi (1.34-7)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 oleo (1.6-4)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 pcb (                          Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 pdksh (5.1.3-1)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 perl (5.001-3)                           Carl Streeter <streeter@cae.wisc.ed
 pmake (1.0-1)                            Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 ppp (2.1.2b-1)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 procmail (3.10-3)                        Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 procps (0.97-4)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 psutils (1.13-4)                         Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 python (1.2-0)                           Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 rc (1.4-1)                               Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 screen (3.6.2-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 sed (2.05-4)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 setserial (2.10-5)                       Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 shellutils (1.12-3)                      Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 statserial (1.1-0)                       Christian Linhart <chris@cosy.sbg.a
 strace (3.0-1)                           Robert Sanders <Robert.Sanders@linu
 sudo (1.3.1pl4-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 syslogd (1.2-11)                         Martin Schulze <joey@infodrom.north
 tar (1.11.8-1)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 tcsh (6.05-4)                            Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 textutils (1.11-2)                       Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 timezone (7.8-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 tput (1.0-5)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 trn (3.6-1)                              Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 w3-el (2.2.16-1)                         Raul D. Miller <moth@firefly.com>  
 wenglish (1.0-3)                         Robinson, Jim <jimr@simons-rock.edu
 workbone (2.3-3)                         D.J. Gregor <dgregor@bronze.coil.co
 xboard (3.2.2-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xcompat (3.1.2-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xlib (3.1.2-1)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xman (3.1.2-1)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xonix (1.4-1)                            Sven Rudolph <sr1@inf.tu-dresden.de
 xslib (3.1.2-1)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xwpe (1.4.1-1)                           Peter Tobias <tobias@et-inf.fho-emd
 xxgdbR6 (1.08-2)                         Helmut Geyer, Helmut.Geyer@iwr.uni-

Extended description provided and looks good:
 a2gs (1.0-2)                             Kenneth MacDonald <K.MacDonald@ed.a
 acct (=V-=D)                             Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 adduser (1.94-1)                         Ted Hajek <tedhajek@boombox.micro.u
 ae (493-3)                               mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 amd (upl102-1)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 amsfonts (2.2-2)                         Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 amslatex (1.2-3)                         Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 at (2.8a-2)                              Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 auctex (9.2y-7)                          Jim Robinson <jimr@simons-rock.edu>
 autoconf (2.4-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 babel (3.5-1)                            Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 bc (1.03-7)                              Bill Mitchell <mitchell@mdd.comm.mo
 beav (140-4)                             mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 bibtex (0.99c-3)                         Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 bind (4.9.3-BETA24-1)                    Peter Tobias <tobias@et-inf.fho-emd
 cern-httpd (3.0-4)                       Ted Hajek <tedhajek@boombox.micro.u
 cfengine (1.1.2-1)                       mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 cron (3.0pl1-20)                         Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 cvs (1.5-5)                              mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 dc (1.03-7)                              Bill Mitchell <mitchell@mdd.comm.mo
 diff (2.7-3)                             Bill Mitchell <mitchell@mdd.comm.mo
 dpkg (0.93.77-0)                         Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 dviljk (2.5-3)                           Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 dvipsk (5.58f-3)                         Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 e2fsprogs (0.5b-4)                       Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 ed (0.2-4)                               mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 ee (1.72-5)                              mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 efax (07a-0)                             Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd@qed.econ.que
 elisp-manual (19-2.4-1)                  Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 elm (2.4pl24-8)                          Carl Streeter <streeter@cae.wisc.ed
 elv-ctags (1.8pl4-15)                    mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 elv-fmt (1.8pl4-15)                      mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 elv-vi (1.8pl4-15)                       mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 emacs (19.29-4)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 expect (5.16.3-3)                        David Engel <david@ods.com>        
 ftape (2.03-1)                           Robert Read <rread@ic.net>         
 fvwm (1.24r-5)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 gcc (2.6.3-4)                            Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 git (4.3.7-2)                            mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 gmp (1.3.2-1)                            Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 gpm (1.00-1)                             Nils Rennebarth <support@building.p
 groff (1.09-4)                           Alvar Bray <alvar@meiko.co.uk>     
 gs (2.6.1pl4-5)                          Ted Hajek <tedhajek@boombox.micro.u
 hdparm (2.3-0)                           Guy R. Thomas <gthomas@native-ed.bc
 hello (1.3-4)                            Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 hyperlatex (1.3-4)                       Erick Branderhorst <branderhorst@he
 ical (1.9-1)                             Christian Linhart <chris@cosy.sbg.a
 includes (1.2.13-2)                      Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 indent (1.9.1-11)                        mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 info (3.6-2)                             Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 itimer (1.00-2)                          Richard Kettlewell <richard@elmail.
 j1 (7-2)                                 Raul D. Miller <moth@firefly.com>  
 jgraph (83-5)                            mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 kpathsea (2.6-1)                         Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 latex (2e-4)                             Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 ldso (1.7.8-1)                           David Engel <david@ods.com>        
 linuxdoc-sgml (1.2-1)                    Kenneth MacDonald <K.MacDonald@ed.a
 lout (3.06-1)                            Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 ltxgraph (0.7b-1)                        Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 ltxmisc (1.0-1)                          Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 ltxtool (1.0-3)                          Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 lynx (2.3.7-4)                           Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   
 make (3.74-1)                            Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 makeindex (2.12-3)                       Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 man (2.3.10-2)                           Alvar Bray <alvar@meiko.co.uk>     
 manpages (1.8-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 metamail (2.7-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 mfbasfnt (1.0-3)                         Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 mfbin (2.71-3)                           Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 mflib (1.0-4)                            Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 mfnfss (2.1g-1)                          Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 mirrormagic (1.2-0)                      Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   
 miscutils (1.3-2)                        Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 mkisofs (1.03-2)                         Kenny Wickstrom <kenny@kennet.com> 
 mt-st (0.2-3)                            mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 mtools (2.0.7-12)                        mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 nas (1.2p2-1)                            Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 netbase (1.15-1)                         Peter Tobias <tobias@et-inf.fho-emd
 netstd (1.16-1)                          Peter Tobias <tobias@et-inf.fho-emd
 oldgerman (1.0-1)                        Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 pandora (1.0-1)                          Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 patch (2.1-8)                            mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 pgp-i (2.6.2i-5)                         Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 pgp-us (2.6.2i-5)                        Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 pine (3.91-3)                            Ted Hajek <tedhajek@boombox.micro.u
 pixmap (2.6-3)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 ps2pk (1.4-3)                            Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 psnfss (5.2-1)                           Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 rspfd (0.03-0)                           Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 rxvt (2.10-0)                            Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   
 samba (1.9.14alpha5-1)                   Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   
 sharutils (4.1-6)                        mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 smail (                      Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 snmp (2.1.2l3-1)                         David Engel <david@ods.com>        
 source (1.2.13-2)                        Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 symlinks (1.0-1)                         mitchell@mdd.comm.mot.com (Bill Mit
 sysvinit (2.57b-0)                       Bruce Perens <Bruce@Pixar.com>     
 tcl (7.3-4)                              David Engel <david@ods.com>        
 tclX (7.3b-5)                            David Engel <david@ods.com>        
 tcpdump (3.0.3-3)                        Peter Tobias <tobias@et-inf.fho-emd
 term (2.3.5-5)                           Jim Robinson <jimr@simons-rock.edu>
 texbin (3.1415-3)                        Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 texidoc (3.6-2)                          Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 texinfo (3.6-2)                          Ian Jackson <iwj10@cus.cam.ac.uk>  
 texlib (1.0-4)                           Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 texpsfnt (1.0-1)                         Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 textfm (1.0-3)                           Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 time (1.6-3)                             Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd@qed.econ.que
 tk (3.6-5)                               David Engel <david@ods.com>        
 transfig (3.1.1-1)                       D.J. Gregor <dgregor@coil.com>     
 untex (9210-2)                           Erick Branderhorst <branderhorst@he
 uucp (1.06.1-1)                          David H. Silber <dhs@firefly.com>  
 vim (3.0-3)                              D.J. Gregor <dgregor@coil.com>     
 wu-ftpd (2.4-13)                         Peter Tobias <tobias@et-inf.fho-emd
 x8514 (3.1.2-1)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xagx (3.1.2-1)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xbase (3.1.2-3)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xdvik (18f-3)                            Nils Rennebarth <nils@nus.pan-net.d
 xfig (3.1.3-4)                           D.J. Gregor <dgregor@coil.com>     
 xfnt100 (3.1.2-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xfnt75 (3.1.2-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xfntbig (3.1.2-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xfntcyr (3.1.2-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xfntscl (3.1.2-2)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xinvaders (1.3-0)                        Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   
 xlockmore (3.0-0)                        Dirk Eddelbuettel <edd@qed.econ.que
 xmach32 (3.1.2-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xmach64 (3.1.2-1)                        Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xmach8 (3.1.2-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xmono (3.1.2-1)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xntp (3.4s-0)                            Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   
 xp9000 (3.1.2-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xs3 (3.1.2-1)                            Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xstd (3.1.2-3)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xsvga (3.1.2-1)                          Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xtet42 (2.02-1)                          Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   
 xtron (1.1a-0)                           Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   
 xvga16 (3.1.2-1)                         Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xw32 (3.1.2-1)                           Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org>  
 xypic (3.0-1)                            Erick Branderhorst <branderhorst@he
 ytalk (3.0.2-1)                          Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>   

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