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Re: Where are translated man pages packaged?

On Thu, May 15, 2003 at 05:48:15PM +0200, Denis Barbier wrote:
> On Thu, May 15, 2003 at 11:09:08AM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> > On Thu, May 15, 2003 at 11:24:14AM +0200, Denis Barbier wrote:
> > > There is currently no consensus whether translated man pages should
> > > be shipped along with original man pages or within manpages-xx packages.
> > > Unfortunately this leads to conflicts when a translation is first
> > > shipped by the latter, then incorporated into the former (e.g. when
> > > it becomes part of upstream tarball).
> > > 
> > > Some developers are reluctant to include French translated man pages and
> > > ask me to ship them in manpages-fr.  How can I make them change their
> > > mind?  Is there a consensus that translated man pages must go with
> > > original man pages?  Are exceptions needed for some packages?
> > 
> > I think it is proper to include translated man pages with original man
> > pages, and to use apt-localepurge (now) or dpkg exclusions (when they're
> > implemented) if people are worried about space. My gut feeling is that
> > the manpages-LL packages should cover roughly the same topics as the
> > English manpages package.
> I fully agree.
> > My experience has been that refusing to include translated man pages
> > makes it much harder to tell when the man pages have got out of date.
> > However, I'm not sure how to go about persuading reluctant developers of
> > this.
> I know what to do then: flame them here ;)
> When grabbing old mails, I found an answer from a developer who told me
> that his package is part of base and thus he wants to keep it small.
> Is this indeed an important issue?

I'd say yes; but those packages will not usually be uninstalled, so I
see it as no problem to put manpages for packages in base in a
manpages-xx package.

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