Re: Bug#21969: debian-policy: needs clarification about Standards-Version
On Thu, 7 May 1998, Oliver Elphick wrote:
> Dale Scheetz wrote:
> >On 7 May 1998, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> >> Fine. But the moment any package ``ignores'' policy and
> >> insists policy is not broken, so should not be fixed, I shall file
> >> bugs against the package.
> >Which I will happily reasign to Policy.
> Hang on, Dale. Just think about this.
> A package ignores policy - the only good reason is that policy is
> inappropriate to this particular package.
> In that case, the policy is inadequate - file a bug against policy,
> requesting a better definition.
> But if the package maintainer says that policy is _not_ broken, the
> fault must be with the package.
If the package maintainer says that policy is not broken and the bug
report says that the package violates policy, I would suggest that the
policy needs ammending to clarify the issue and would reassign the bug
> You are saying that you would reassign a bug to policy, while at the
> same time denying that policy is broken? That does not make sense.
Hasn't it been clear from the discusion between Manoj and myself that we
each take different interpretations from the same document. I say the
document is adequate for me to make the decision that it is proper for
particular binaries to be delivered unstripped. This is clear to me from
the Policy that I understand. From Manoj's point of view this is very
unclear and should be fixed.
I have no problems clarifying the document for others, even when I think I
understand it correctly.
If I believe that I am following the "full" Policy (while appearing to
violate a specific clause) I have no problem with Policy being made more
specific, for those who don't see things the way I do.
BTW, I believe that this is why Ian wants a "Technical Committee". These
kinds of debates cry out for a third party arbitration technique.
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