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Re: Correct spelling/capitalisation of project names

Raphael Geissert <atomo64+debian@gmail.com> writes:

> Starting with lintian v1.23.42 the spelling check also looks for the
> correct spelling of the above mentioned project names (requested at
> #456582).  Because I made an archive wide lintian check (except for arch
> all packages) with the latest lintian version here are some lists of
> packages spelling some project names incorrectly.

For folks who think this is annoyingly picky, well, it sort of is, but I
decided to add the check to lintian anyway only for package descriptions
(and doc-base titles and abstracts).  It doesn't try to check other files,
in part because it doesn't matter as much elsewhere and in part because
there are too many false positives from configuration file fragments and
similar things.

But descriptions have a fairly limited content and aren't that subject to
false positives, and they're also the main thing that users see for our
packages.  I think it's worth being a little picky about spelling,
punctuation, wording, and so forth with package descriptions in order to
create a consistent impression as much as we can.  Lintian can't help with
checking most of that, but it can at least check for common capitalization
and spelling errors.

Note that if you want to refer to a specific package, you can quote the
word to indicate that it's a literal value, although that should be a
fairly rare problem.

If you see false positives that Lintian can avoid, please feel free to
file bugs against Lintian so that we can tweak things.

This joins the capitalization checks that Lintian has been doing for a
while for language names.  (And note that Lintian no longer applies the
language name capitalization check to other files such as changelog, since
there were too many false positives.)

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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