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

On Wed, 12 Aug 2009 08:16:14 -0500
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> wrote:

> > What would you think of deprecating this header?
>         This would be bad, since when someone looks at the package, they
>  would not know easily what they have to look for to update the
>  package. The Standards Version gives a pointer into the upgrading
>  checklist, and that remains useful.

In which case all we need is the existing lintian check and for
Standards-Version to be ignored by dpkg-dev so that it doesn't get into
the .dsc, it doesn't get into the Sources.gz and it is finally OK to
get rid of all these pointless messages in debian/changelog.gz:

  * updated Standards-Version (no changes needed)

If people really want a way of scanning the Standards-Version from
outside the source, it could be added as a field in the PTS, reading
from the .diff.gz.


Neil Williams

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