Re: What’s the use for Standards-Version?
On Wed, Aug 12 2009, Neil Williams wrote:
> On Wed, 12 Aug 2009 08:16:14 -0500
> Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.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)
Firstly, you do not ahve to put that into the changelog, and,
secondly, one should not have to update a packagejust to up the
standards version string. I just fix local git and wait for a real
reason to update the package.
This way, I see no reason for it not to be in the Sources.gz,
though making it easy to get to the standards version when
contemplating taking a package over or doing and NMU would work too.
> 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.
That would work.
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