Dear all,I ran a script (attached) over the Packages file in the archive to check for incorrect use of "it's" in the Description field. Of course it is not really possible to determine by computer whether or not something is correct grammar, so the script finds all uses of "it's", and I went over the results manually. As a result, I may have missed some incorrect uses, and I checked only packages that exist on i386.
Recall that "it's" is a contraction for "it is" or "it has", and any other use (e.g. as a possessive) is not grammatically correct English. Hypothetical examples:
- XMMS is cool. It's one of the best ... [correct, "It is"] - XMMS is cool. It's been rated highly ... [correct, "It has"] - XMMS is cool. It's features include ... [wrong] - XMMS is cool. Its features include ... [correct, possessive]Using "it's" and "its" correctly is in your best interest, since incorrect usage may cause someone browsing the package descriptions to have a bad first impression of that package.
Please let me know (in accordance with the Developer's Reference 7.1.1) whether or not I should file a mass bug report on the 59 packages listed below by maintainer. I would send the bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org with severity minor. Obviously I don't expect any of these to be fixed in sarge (nor even to have anyone make an upload solely to fix this), so there is no urgency.
Aigars Mahinovs <email@example.com> re Alexander Shishckin <firstname.lastname@example.org> gkrellmwho2 Anand Kumria <email@example.com> xmms-infinity Anthony Towns <firstname.lastname@example.org> netkit-inetd Arthur Korn <email@example.com> devtodo Bas Zoetekouw <firstname.lastname@example.org> mp Bruno Barrera C. <email@example.com> xmms-defx Chris Mason <firstname.lastname@example.org> statslog Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsaker <email@example.com> libconfig-general-perl Dan Korostelev <firstname.lastname@example.org> gnome-ppp Daniel Martin <email@example.com> fvwm95 dann frazier <firstname.lastname@example.org> systemimager-client Debian Firebird Group <email@example.com> firebird-s32-server - "It is has it's adventages [sic]..." (3 errors) firebird-s64-server - "It is has it's adventages [sic]..." (3 errors) firebird2-super-server - (other 2 errors fixed, but still uses "it's" incorrectly) Debian QA Group <firstname.lastname@example.org> 3dwm-server epic4-script-thirdeye Debian Qt/KDE Maintainers <email@example.com> konsole Domenico Andreoli <firstname.lastname@example.org> libnet0 Eric Dorland <email@example.com> libassuan-dev Filip Van Raemdonck <firstname.lastname@example.org> mdbtools-gmdb Fredrik Steen <email@example.com> monit Gerfried Fuchs <firstname.lastname@example.org> t-prot - (only the first use of "it's" is in error) Guenter Geiger <email@example.com> ivtools-bin - "these tools and it's usage" (should be "their usages") Ivan Kohler <firstname.lastname@example.org> libdns-zoneparse-perl Jamin W. Collins <email@example.com> mediamate Jeroen van Wolffelaar <firstname.lastname@example.org> phpbb2-conf-mysql John Lines <email@example.com> plptools-kde Jonathan Walther <firstname.lastname@example.org> ratmenu Lars Wirzenius <email@example.com> publib-dev Lenart Janos <firstname.lastname@example.org> dfm Lionel Elie Mamane <email@example.com> gnotepad+ Marcelo E. Magallon <firstname.lastname@example.org> libwings-dev - (twice) Mark Purcell <email@example.com> bayonne libccrtp-dev libccrtp1-1.0-0c102 martin f. krafft <firstname.lastname@example.org> iprelay Masayuki Hatta (mhatta) <email@example.com> blender Michael Banck <firstname.lastname@example.org> jack Michael Zehrer <email@example.com> oops Neil Roeth <firstname.lastname@example.org> openjade Ola Lundqvist <email@example.com> x2vnc Oliver Kurth <firstname.lastname@example.org> termnet Oohara Yuuma <email@example.com> xchain Paul van Tilburg <firstname.lastname@example.org> gmoo - (twice) Philipp Kern <email@example.com> ytalk Piotr Roszatycki <firstname.lastname@example.org> ldapdns libapache-mod-rpaf RISKO Gergely <email@example.com> sbm Robert Lemmen <firstname.lastname@example.org> fastdep Robert Stone <email@example.com> fspd Ron Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org> libwxgtk2.4-python Russell Coker <email@example.com> portslave Sergio Talens-Oliag <firstname.lastname@example.org> cgvg Siggy Brentrup <email@example.com> styx Stefan Gybas <firstname.lastname@example.org> doc++ Turbo Fredriksson <email@example.com> php4-idn Yann Dirson <firstname.lastname@example.org> openjade1.3 I also found some other grammatical / spelling errors while browsing control files, which I may file bugs against separately, later: Abraham van der Merwe <email@example.com> tint - "there is a few differences." (s/is/are/) Bartosz Fenski <firstname.lastname@example.org> makeself - "All what the user..." (s/what/that/) - "since they XXX it's actually shell scripts..." (missing "know" at XXX) Debian Java Maintainers <email@example.com> libfop-java - "now known has fop" (s/has/as/) libfop-java-doc - "now known has fop" (s/has/as/) Gaetan RYCKEBOER <firstname.lastname@example.org> spip - "If you wan't to edit..." (s/wan't/want/) - "all the comments and variable ..." (s/variable/variables/) GOTO Masanori <email@example.com> xfonts-shinonome - ("It's consist of" should be "It consists of") Guenter Geiger (Debian/GNU) <firstname.lastname@example.org> shaketracker - "subdivided in columns of it's on" (s/of/if/ [?]) Jonas Meurer <email@example.com> zope2.6-verbosesecurity - ("zope >= 2.6" -- should be "<= 2.6"?) Kevin M. Rosenberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> cl-puri - "It's is based..." (s/is//) Robert Millan <email@example.com> drip - "It's made up out two..." (s/out/of/) Sebastien Chaumat <firstname.lastname@example.org> replicator - "It's REALLY faster than..." (s/REALLY/MUCH/) regards, -- Kevin B. McCarty <email@example.com> Physics Department WWW: http://www.princeton.edu/~kmccarty/ Princeton University GPG: public key ID 4F83C751 Princeton, NJ 08544
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