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

On Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 10:33 PM, Neil Williams<codehelp@debian.org> wrote:
> 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.

IIRC, there is a plan for splitting Descriptions out of the Packages
files, so Standards-Version could get a similar treatment.



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