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Re: Debian Project News - July 21st, 2008

Le Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 10:21:27AM +0200, Thomas Viehmann a écrit :
> Why do you need to sprinkle information there instead of enhancing the
> documentation on the subject already in the developer's reference?

Dear Thomas,

I need to eat, drink, breeze, but I do not feel a particular need to
sprinke information.  I am of course very open to enhance the
developper's reference.

Here is a question to answer your question:

  Why does the FTP team need to override the priority of -dbg packages
  to `extra'?

The answer to this will tell where the information belongs.

I think that at some point of my Debian studies I was told that the
`overrides' system was a security device to prevent DDs to abuse the
Debian archive by uploading packages with a priority too high. Then I
thought that if the -dbg packages need a special attention compared to
the many other packages that are in extra but shouldn't or vice-versa,
then the requirement was a `must' and that `musts' are better in the
Policy than in the Reference.

Apparently, the Priority: and Section: fields in the source packages are
only informational and the `overrides' file is the authoritative
reference, because the role of the FTP team is to manage priorities and
sections and ensure archive consistency.

If this is accurate, I will write a patch to the Reference explaining it
and stating that -dbg packages should be `extra'.

In the future, how about suppressing those fields completely if they are
only useful at the first upload? This will save the time managing them.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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