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Re: Proposal for Lenny: Please avoid duplicated changelogs for binary packages sharing the same source package

On Tue, 02 Jan 2007, Pierre Habouzit wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 02, 2007 at 03:44:10PM +0200, Tshepang Lekhonkhobe wrote:
> > I find it wasteful to install the same changelogs (both Debian and
> > upstream) in binary packages which share the same sources. Why not
> > have symlinks in place of these and perhaps an extra
> > /usr/share/doc directory named the same as the source package in
> > case a binary package of the same name doesn't exist.
> the problem is, you can only do that if you have one of the binary
> package that is always installed with any of the other, else you will
> have dangling symlinks, and it's prohibited by the policy (no to mention
> that it would be quite useless !)

Additionally, there's no requirement that you have all of the binary
packages being the same version, or that a particular binary package
on one architecture is built with the same source on a different

If the small waste of space that having changelogs in packages is a
problem, you probably don't want any of the contents of the
/usr/share/doc anyway. [I suppose this may be an argument for allowing
diversions of directories to /dev/null in dpkg, but I personally don't
have time to code that nor a desire to disappear.]

Don Armstrong

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