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Re: Bug#545782: imagemagick-dbg: missing README.Debian to explain how programs are used

"Nelson A. de Oliveira" <naoliv@debian.org> writes:
>> README.Debian to explain how programs are used". Please provide
> The problem here is that we have a lot of -dbg packages on Debian
> Do we need the same README file on all of them?
> ...the package maintainer is responsible in helping the user to get a
> backtrace ... Or at least an explanation in the gdb package only.

Neil Williams <codehelp@debian.org> writes:

> Once the -dbg packages are installed:
> $ gdb /usr/bin/convert
> The rest is down to the gdb manpage, no?
> gdb does all the work of locating /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/convert, hence
> all such files are mode 0644.
> That is down to the gdb manpage, not every single -dbg package in the
> entire archive IMHO. There are other sources of info too, like the Wiki.
> http://wiki.debian.org/HowToGetABacktrace

In latest lintian, a message was added that warned about missing


in order to document the used patch system (dpatch, quilt etc.). It
could have been be argued that this information were already available
in the manual pages.

I think the the added check in lintian was a good thing and that it had
an impact in making used patching system more explicit.

It would be good if something similar were adopted to *-dbg packages as
well. The best would be to simply point to a location where this
information would be available, like the Wiki you mentioned:


If this is not mentioned in the package itself, this information is not
readily available.


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