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Right of a maintainer not to respect FHS

I have a problem with a bug filed on r-doc-html (#300765). The
documentation was entirely in /usr/lib, and it seems that all R packages
have all their files under /usr/lib, whatever their type or purpose.

I filed a bug with severity serious, as this breaks Policy 9.1.1 (FHS is
mandatory). But the maintainer argued that R was packaged like this from
the beginning, and that because it must stay in the distribution, the
bug had to be downgraded to wishlist.

SHouldn't he get the approval of the release team or ftpmasters before
doing such an arbitrary downgrade?

Nowhere man
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