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Re: What’s the use for Standards-Version?

Le mercredi 12 août 2009 à 08:16 -0500, Manoj Srivastava a écrit :
> > AIUI, this header is here to indicate which version of the policy the
> > package is supposed to conform to. This way, we have a way to enforce
> > which policy versions are supported, e.g. in a stable release, by
> > forbidding the too old versions.
>         No, that is wrong. The reason we put in the Standards version is
>  to let the next developer know what to look for in the upgrading
>  checklist in policy in order to bring the package up to date with policy

This assumes that the previous developer has correctly updated the
package according to the stated Standards version. Which is, in the
general case, wrong.

This also assumes that the upgrading checklist contains all relevant
information, which is also wrong for real cases.

If you want to bring a random package up-to-date with the policy, it is
generally more useful to look at its RC bugs, and also at its other

Said otherwise, with the current state of our practice, the workflow you
describe is flawed. Which makes the standards version declaration

 .''`.      Josselin Mouette
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`. `'   “I recommend you to learn English in hope that you in
  `-     future understand things”  -- Jörg Schilling

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