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

On 01/23/2002 04:36:16 AM tfheen wrote:

>> * "Vince Mulhollon"
>> | On 01/21/2002 10:44:20 AM tfheen wrote:
>> |
>> | >> | On Sat, 19 Jan 2002, Josip Rodin wrote:
>> | >> | But in my opinion it would be better to use an extra control
>> | which
>> | >> | would cause a lintian warning if empty to enforce maintainers to
>> | it.
>> | >>
>> | >> Why?  Not all packages have URLs connected to them.
>> [snip]
>> | Something must exist.
>> What about meta packages, for instance?  Dummy packages?
>> So no, it might not come from the Internet at all.  I might have
>> gotten it on a floppy from a friend.  Or I might have written it
>> myself.

An excellent point.  However, if it's in the archive, there must be an
archived ITP somewhere in the debian-devel mailing list, if absolutely
nothing else.  Or, a URL pointing to your personal home page, or even a
mailto: URL, if you wrote it yourself.

Alternative distribution channels, like your examples of private floppy
distribution, don't need to pass lintian checks anyway, thus a blank space
in the URL field would be "OK", because it doesn't matter if lintian
complains in that situation.

I would suggest if the exact program doesn't have a URL dedicated to that
task, it might be acceptable to point to "anything on the net" that is very
similar or discusses a very similar topic.  Hardware compatibility howto
from the LDP, something like that.

Another issue, is if multiple link URLs are allowed, iptables could have a
link to some relevant HOWTOs in the LDP in addition to a link to the
official distribution page, and maybe a link to some good iptables

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