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Re: Bug#302138: incorrect Description line wrapping with bullet lists

On Wed, Mar 30, 2005 at 03:54:36AM -0600, Peter Samuelson wrote:
> [Peter Samuelson]
> > I'd like to file a mass bug for these, but it's on the order of 583
> > binary packages in 430 source packages, so I obviously want to get
> > some feedback first.
> Jeroen van Wolffelaar pointed out to me that 430 source packages is a
> bit much for a mass bug, especially if lintian/linda could flag this
> stuff automatically, which is probably the case.
> Lars Wirzenius also suggested that I name names so people will know if
> they're affected.  So here are source packages grouped by maintainer.
> Data is from /var/lib/apt/lists/*_Packages on an i386 sid box.

It seems like this list has a lot of false positives, take for example

| Description: PHP PEAR module for creating and decoding MIME messages
|  Provides classes to deal with creation and manipulation of mime messages:
|  .
|   * mime.php: Create mime email, with html, attachments, embedded images
|     etc.
|   * mimePart.php: Advanced method of creating mime messages.
|   * mimeDecode.php - Decodes mime messages to a usable structure.
|   * xmail.dtd: An XML DTD to acompany the getXML() method of the decoding
|     class.
|   * xmail.xsl: An XSLT stylesheet to transform the output of the getXML()
|     method back to an email

It's manually word-wrapped, because otherwise it'd overflow fixed-width
terminal displays. That's the whole point of double-space indenting a
part of the description.

Ideally, all packaging tools would support some kind of very simple
markup language to support enumerations in a sane way, but that's a
long-term project.

So, I object to this massfiling.


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

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