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Re: DEP5: CANDIDATE and ready for use in squeeze+1

On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 01:03:21AM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote:
> Pointing to particular revisions is ugly, but is less ugly IMHO than
> introducing (again) the possibility of multiple incompatible specs
> (subtly or otherwise) all referred to with the same "Format"
> declaration.

That is correct and this thought has bothered me as well. However, how
is it any different than, say, the format of debian/changelog? Unlike
the format of debian/control, not even a Standards-Version field is
associated to it. There is just software that deal with it that will
fail upon some (incompatible) format change.

Arguably, once DEP5 will be integrated into debian-policy, one might
consider the format of debian/copyright to be subject of
Standards-Version (if and only if the maintainer will have chosen to go
the readable debian/copyright way).

So, the only timeframe during which the problem can be experienced is
from now to the solution of #609160. I wonder if it is really worth to
address this issue properly---by changing either the intended usage of
Format: or by adding a separate Format-Version: field. My take is that
it is not worth, we can just rely on implementations to bail out on out
of date debian/copyright instances. YMMV, of course.


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