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Re: Opinions needed: reporting lintian overrides

On Wed, 2008-01-02 at 22:30 -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> After a recent problem with a package with a fairly egregious error that
> was overridden, hurting the ability of the sponsor to notice it, I added a
> line of output to the default lintian output saying if any package
> overrides error or warning tags.
> As I sort of suspected at the time, someone else has now objected to
> having this output by default on the grounds that the point of the
> override was to shut lintian up and it's easier to verify that lintian
> produces no output.
> I'd really like to not have to make this decision myself.  I'd like to get
> opinions and see if a consensus emerges.  

I prefer that lintian messages are silently overridden.

> I personally always run lintian
> with -iI --show-overrides, so I'm clearly not the target audience for this
> feature one way or the other.  Here are the options:
> * Show the N: line with a count of overrides per package by default and
>   provide an option to suppress this output if someone wants.
> * Don't show the N: line by default and provide an option to turn it on.
> Which should we do?

I prefer the second option.


Bart Martens

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