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Re: Bug#697433: Is the Package-List field necessary for uploads ?

On Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:29:13 +0900
Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org> wrote:

> here is a new version trying to addres Simon's and Guillem's comments.
> By the way, isn't "Package-Type: udeb" completely redundant with "Section:
> debian-installer" ?

Different purposes.

udeb is a file format, allowed to break ftp-master checks which would
reject a deb from the same upload. Section, if it's anything at all
nowadays, is an arbitrary label within the generated Packages file. The
Package-Type field determines that file format when dpkg-deb builds the
file, so is far more important than Section.

If anything is redundant, it's Section - and not just when it is set
to debian-installer, every where. (If we finally decide to drop
Section, can we also merge Priority: extra and Priority: optional too?
That would be saying goodbye to a raft of override bugs / checks).


Neil Williams

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