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Re: [RFC] Promoting the use of "Homepage:" field in debian/control


On Thu, 20 Sep 2007 10:31:31 +0200, Michal Čihař wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Sep 2007 07:05:04 +0200 Christian Perrier <bubulle@debian.org> wrote:
>> As a consequence, it seems logical to promote the use of that field
>> and recommend abandoning "Homepage" paragraphs in packages'
>> description.
> Well I started to use this field in some my packages, but I see few
> problems:
> 1. Policy does not cover this field, you will also get "I:
> unknown-field-in-control homepage" from lintian.

This is a minor warning.

> 2. packages.debian.org/aptitude/other tools does not support this
> field.  This means that moving Homepage from description to separate
> field for now means that no user will be able to see it.

This is strange: the Homepage field is shown for some packages [1] and
not for others [2], e.g. reported below:
luca@gismo:~$ apt-cache show ikiwiki | grep "^Homepage"
Homepage: http://ikiwiki.info/

luca@gismo:~$ apt-cache show deb-gview | grep "^Homepage"
Homepage: http://dpkg-view.alioth.debian.org/


FWIW, the number of source packages implementing the Homepage: field
is still very very low:
luca@gismo:~$ wget http://ftp.ch.debian.org/debian/dists/sid/main/source/Sources.gz
luca@gismo:~$ zgrep -c "^Package" Sources.gz
luca@gismo:~$ zgrep -c "^Homepage" Sources.gz

/me goes to move the homepage from Description: to Homepage: for his

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca

[1] http://packages.debian.org/sid/ikiwiki
[2] http://packages.debian.org/sid/deb-gview

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