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Archive section in debian/control (was Re: Lintian based autorejects)

On Sun, 2009-11-01 at 15:55 -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > Seems to me like there's no point in asking the ftpmasters to come
> up with
> > the source package section name because the package author didn't
> notice
> > and set one before the first upload.  Although I do agree that if
> we're
> > going to make this a mandatory requirement for packages, Policy
> needs to
> > be modified accordingly.
> Don't the ftpmasters make their own independent judgement on the
> section
> field anyway?  I don't see how it helps to require the Section field
> be
> changed to /some/ other value when there's no guarantee that the new
> value
> is valid or correct.  It's just one more thing to cause a round-trip
> for the
> maintainer.
> (N.B.: this check would fail even in the case of a package with a
> pre-existing section override in the archive.  What's the sense of
> that? 
> Let the maintainer get the nag mail after the fact telling them to
> reconcile
> the section, instead.) 

What's the point of having the maintainer specify it in the first place?

Felipe Sateler

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