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Re: Proposing a new source control header to link to upstream BTSs



On Mon, 2008-03-17 at 02:38 -0300, Martín Ferrari wrote:
> Dear -devel:
> 
> Following the trend to add metadata to the debian/control file that
> allows for the creation of new and powerful tools, I thought about the
> usefulness of a header that'd allow to automatically relate to
> upstream bug trackers.
> 
> It could be used to automatically forward bugs, track which bugs are
> open that we don't know about today, and simply to avoid the need to
> look up manually where should one submit a bug.
> 
> So, my proposal would be to add two headers that are better explained
> by an example:
> 
> Upstream-Bug-Browser: http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Dist/Display.html?Name=WWW-Curl
> Upstream-Bug-Submitter: http://rt.cpan.org/Public/Bug/Report.html?Queue=WWW-Curl
> 
> This could easily support systems where submission is by email. And if
> there's no bug tracking system, the upstream maintainer email could be
> used, without adding the -Browser header.
> 
> What do you think of this?
> 

I don't see what purpose this has that Homepage: does not, because it is
not likely that there will ever be an automated reporting tool. It is
just more metadata, and as such, is generally wasteful since it doesn't
usually provide anything that Homepage: does not.

William

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