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Re: Bug#129848: www.debian.org: "more info" URL in package descriptions

On Mon, Jan 21, 2002 at 07:57:19PM -0600, Adam Heath wrote:
> Policy(which lintian follows) is not to be used has a hammer to force
> maintainers to do things.
> No, policy is never done first.  Ever.  No way.
> Policy can't describe something if the something doesn't exist.  How hard
> is that to understand?

You're using one meaning of the word:

     This manual also describes Debian policy as it relates to creating
     Debian packages.

Obviously, other people interpret it differently:

     3. The method by which any institution is administered;

     5. Prudence or wisdom in the management of public and private
        affairs; wisdom; sagacity; wit.

       n 1: a line of argument rationalizing the course of action of a
       2: a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group;

     4. Management or administration based on temporal or material
        interest, rather than on principles of equity or honor;

My vote goes to the last one ;o)

Seriously though, it would not be the first time that we put the proper way
of doing things into policy before that proper way has become the way of the

In this particular case, it would seem that calling for wide use of an
unimplemented dpkg feature is silly, were it not for the fact that adding
another field among the known fields in dpkg is not a problem :)

     2. That which causes joy or happiness.

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