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Re: Punctuation characters in Debian packaging


Am Dienstag, den 04.11.2014, 14:26 +0000 schrieb Ian Jackson:
> Joachim Breitner writes ("Re: Punctuation characters in Debian packaging"):
> > Am Montag, den 03.11.2014, 15:40 +0000 schrieb Ian Jackson:
> > > There are probably a lot of things missing.  If you know about some
> > > corner of Debian tooling which has exciting syntax, please add the
> > > information you have.
> > 
> > apt-get supports appending - to a package name in its argument to
> > install to remove it; should such uses be listed on
> > https://wiki.debian.org/Punctuation?
> Um, please do list it but as `disputed' or `conflicting', because...
> > Also, is a package name ending in a - legal?.. Looks like they are,
> > according to the policy. I guess I can upload p-.-+-.- then soon :-)
> ... yes, trailing `-' is permitted in a package name.

right, the policy does not forbid it. 

But policy is supposed to document current practice, current practice is
not to have trailing - in package names, so we could simply adjust
policy to this practice, forbid package names to end with anything but a
character, a number or +, and avoid any problems in the future.

(I don’t care too much either way, though.)


Joachim "nomeata" Breitner
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