Re: Bug#129848: www.debian.org: "more info" URL in package descriptions
On Tue, Jan 22, 2002 at 10:04:37AM +0100, Tille, Andreas wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Jan 2002, Adam Heath wrote:
> > > But in my opinion it would be better to use an extra control field which
> > > would cause a lintian warning if empty to enforce maintainers to do it.
> > 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?
> Adam, if I would not know it better, I'd guess you would come from
> Germany. There is much bureaucracy in Germany and I was hoping I
> would not be confronted with such things in Debian.
Andreas, from where I'm sitting, "an extra control field which would
cause a lintian warning if empty to enforce maintainers to do it" is the
bureaucratic position, not Adam's.
Using the description is great. It lets the maintainer mention multiple
URLs if they're appropriate, or none if they aren't (e.g. there's no
upstream maintainer); it lets the maintainer add additional wording
describing what the URL is about in an informal style. I don't see the
need to introduce additional control fields which, by their very nature,
are often inappropriate or inadequate.
Are you sure you aren't trying to over-engineer things?
Colin Watson [firstname.lastname@example.org]