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No usable upstream for uscan watch file, DEHS status (was: Misc developer news (#21))

Joachim Wiedorn <ad_debian@joonet.de> 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”
<URL:http://dehs.alioth.debian.org/report.php?package=lojban-common> and
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
column <URL:http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?packages=lojban-common>.
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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Ben Finney

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