No usable upstream for uscan watch file, DEHS status (was: Misc developer news (#21))
Joachim Wiedorn <email@example.com> writes:
> What is with deactivated watch files, because upsteam is dead?
> For a short time I had this case with the package d4x: upstream
> homepage is deleted, there is no more upstream development.
There is also the set of packages where the upstream files are
available, but not distributed in a form that ‘uscan’ can use.
> My wish: A string like "upstream dead" in debian/watch can say DEHS,
> the watch file is o.k. while there is no link.
There seems to be some discrepancy in how these cases are treated. As an
example, the ‘lojban-common’ package contains a ‘debian/watch’ file that
consists only of comments.
The current DEHS page for this package reports “no errors”
shows the comments (currently with an encoding error) as part of the
But the QA summary for the same package reports “Error” for the Watch
It even links to the DEHS page, which says there *isn't* any error.
I think this would be a useful convention: have the ‘debian/watch’ file
in all cases, but where upstream doesn't enable use of ‘uscan’, explain
what the situation is in the file's comments.
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