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

On Thu, Aug 13 2009, Charles Plessy wrote:

> Le Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 10:44:26PM +0800, Paul Wise a écrit :
>> IIRC, there is a plan for splitting Descriptions out of the Packages files
> For the curious, there is some extra information here:
> http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/debian-l10n-devel/2009-August/000507.html
> In my experience, Standards-Version is not an accurate indicator of
> Policy conformance, so unless there is a collective effort to change
> this, I would support the idea of Standards-Version becomming
> optional.

        As steve said, it is not an indicator of policy conformance, and
 it is not supposed to be one. So there need not be a concerted effort
 to change the meaning of the field. It is a bookmark into the upgrading
 checklist based on the last version the upoaders  checked against.

        If there are people not managing their Standards Versions fields
 like they are supposed to, and are too lazy or incompetent to keep
 track of a simple version, I suggest we start thinking about removing
 DD status from people based on a track record of incompetence.

        BTW, you did file serious bugs against the packages that were
 not policy compliant, right?

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