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Re: Bug#193497: marked as done (svtools: svsetup uses bashism "echo -e")

Matt Zimmerman <mdz@debian.org> a tapoté :

> > In fact, that's why laws exist. Because "good sense" can be very
> > questionnable, much more than a good law.
> >
> > In fact, the only solution to end this thread is a clear policy. In the
> > meantime, anarchy can bring chaos in changelogs.
> Debian policy is not a code of laws; I was using 'legislate' metaphorically.
> "Good sense" in this case has to do with the quality of one's work regarding
> a volunteer effort.  If you do not believe in this idea, then I doubt your
> hand could be forced by a document.

If a document exist and say "well, most people here think things
should be done that way for these reasons", it defines the "common

Until such a document exists, it's possible to argue that this "common
sense" is not really "common".

When you legislate, you often define in which way a work should be
done for the benefit of everybody. The debian policy is somehow a code
of laws, defining how things should done theorically. And it seems to
me that debian people all agreed to try to conform to this code of
laws once they applied.

Examples from the policy:

2.1.4 The non-free section

        Packages must be placed in non-free or non-US/non-free if they
        are not compliant with the DFSG or are encumbered by patents
        or other legal issues that make their distribution

        In addition, the packages in non-free and non-US/non-free must
        not be so buggy that we refuse to support them, and  must meet all
        policy requirements presented in this manual that it is possible for
        them to meet.[3]   
It's a rule, isn't it? A law. If people disregard this rule, main would
be chaos. 

5.3 debian/changelog

        The change details may in fact be any series of lines starting
        with at least two spaces, but conventionally each change
        starts with an asterisk and a separating space and
        continuation lines are indented so as to bring them in line
        with the start of the text above. Blank lines may be used here
        to separate groups of changes, if desired.  

Same here.

To get things done in a coherent way, sometimes it's needed to write
down exactly what is truly expected by most people.

Mathieu Roy
  Not a native english speaker: 

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