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Re: Dehs: To few watch file filled from Debian Mantainers

On Tue, May 04, 2004 at 01:51:29PM -0700, Blars Blarson wrote:
> In article <[🔎] 1083638862.6034.31.camel@atlantide> bluefuture@email.it writes:
> >Il mar, 2004-05-04 alle 01:51, Jeroen van Wolffelaar ha scritto:
> >
> >The main problem of DEHS is: 
> >Total Soruces package without Watch File => 6437 (86,19%)
> >And we must add
> >Total Package without a checkable upstream => 484 (47.22% of package
> >with watch file)
> >
> >Only 1075 on 7468 sources Packages had a "functional" and filled Watch
> >file.
> Did you consider the possiblity that many package maintainers don't find
> the Watch file useful?  Such things as:

Has been discussed earlier.
>     Upstream is package maintainer.
>     Package maintainer on upstream mailing list.

In this two cases, it doesn't _hurt_ to have a watchfile, and it makes
it easier for doing QA on the package.

>     Upstream development is dead.

In this case it's useless indeed -- so it'll be very likely that quite
some packages won't get a watchfile (if there still is a download place,
a watchfile can still be added, who knows if upstream revives (and
continues at the same location...)).

Another reason why some packages don't have a watchfile currently, is
because the syntax doesn't support separate directories for upstream
main branches.


Jeroen van Wolffelaar
Jeroen@wolffelaar.nl (also for Jabber & MSN; ICQ: 33944357)

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