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Re: Build-Depends-Indep: debhelper, utilizing it in debian/rules clean

On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 05:45:21PM -0500, Alexander Winston wrote:
> On Tue, 2003-12-30 at 17:00, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > It would also be nice if the linda maintainer would learn to spell
> > "dependent".
> So much for spelling variants. . .

On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 04:54:29PM -0600, Chad Walstrom wrote:
>   shell$ dict dependant
>   From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
>   [gcide]:
>     Dependant \De*pend"ant\, Dependance \De*pend"ance\, n.,
>     Dependancy \De*pend"an*cy\, n.
>        See {Dependent}, {Dependence}, {Dependency}.
>        [1913 Webster]
>        Note: The forms dependant, dependance, dependancy are from
> 	     the French; the forms dependent, etc., are from the
> 	     Latin. Some authorities give preference to the form
> 	     dependant when the word is a noun, thus distinguishing
> 	     it from the adjective, usually written dependent.
> 	     [1913 Webster]
> "Some authorities" is not all inclusive by any means.  IOW, it doesn't
> matter all that much.

Our institutional practice appears to be to use the "-ent" forms
exclusively.  See dpkg(8) and apt-get(8), for example.

G. Branden Robinson                |    There is no housing shortage in
Debian GNU/Linux                   |    Lincoln today -- just a rumor that
branden@debian.org                 |    is put about by people who have
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |    nowhere to live.    -- G. L. Murfin

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