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Re: What is the best place for package meta-data ?


On Sun, 2009-08-02 at 18:47:00 +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> In the Debian Med and Science teams, we are looking for efficient ways to
> document slow-changing metadata relevant to our packages, in particular:

> Alternatives will be much easier to build if we manage to centralise the
> information in a common place. This could be in the source packages
> themselves, either in a dedicated file or in debian/control (but not
> necessarly ending in the Packages and Sources files), or in the file we
> use to create our metapackages. Ultimately we would like to be able to
> have this information flow in places like the Ultimate Debian Database
> and the web pages proposing the packages for download.

Given that this is supposed to be upstream-only information, are you
aware of DOAP [0]? It seems to me it would be better to reuse already
existing infrastructure than to create yet a new one, that only a
subset of Debian might end up using. This could also be submitted
upstream I think.

It's XML though, but it could be easily transformed to any output format
we'd want to use, say control-style for example, which most of our tools
already handle, if need be.

[0] <http://trac.usefulinc.com/doap>


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