Re: Comments+blank line in debian/control: Clarification in policy or MBF?
Le Mon, Oct 01, 2012 at 11:00:54PM +0200, Jakub Wilk a écrit :
> * Michael Tautschnig <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 2012-10-01, 14:25:
> >>By policy, blank lines separate paragraphs, comments are
> >>discarded, so we end up with an empty first paragraph. Policy,
> >>however, requires that the *first* paragraph contains essential
> >>package information (Policy 5.2).
> I'm not convinced by this interpretation the Policy. Common sense
> tells me that there's no such thing as "empty paragraph". So the
> question is: are empty liens allowed at the beginning of a control
> file? I don't see an answer to that question in the Policy,
Indeed, the Policy does not consider that case.
This said, the format of the control data files is inspired from the RFC822,
which contains the following in its section 4.1:
message = fields *( CRLF *text ) ; Everything after
; first null line
; is message body
Another important factor for the Policy is the "current practice". Before
proposing that empty lines are allowed or disallowed in control data files, I
think that we would need to survey what is done in Debian. For instnace, is
gnome-pkg-tools an outlier, are there tools tolerating initial empty lines on
purpose, what is the situation for other control data files, etc.
Have a nice day,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan