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Re: Bug#52488: maint-guide can't be purged properly due to a .dhelp file


In article <20000202071757.B10158@kitenet.net>,
  at Wed, 2 Feb 2000 07:17:57 -0800,
    on Re: Bug#52488: maint-guide can't be purged properly due to a .dhelp file,
 Joey Hess <joeyh@debian.org> writes:

> Raul Miller wrote:
> > On Tue, Feb 01, 2000 at 09:47:48AM -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
> > > I would consider doc-base files that point to files in /usr/doc to be buggy.
> > 
> > You realize, of course, that potato packages are required to make their
> > docs visible in /usr/doc and may optionally store them in /usr/share/doc.
> > [Depending on which specific policy version is being implemented by
> > the package, among other things.]
> You missed the context I was replying to, which was a package with docs in
> /usr/share/doc/.

doc-base support file is not for users to read, but for the command
 /usr/sbin/install-docs in doc-base package.

It is required (I think) to write the real location of the file 
in doc-base support file (files under /usr/share/doc-base/) when
it has the location of html files, since dhelp_parse_fsstnd does
not trace the link provided by the package.

The target of doc-base is, I suppose, to support the documentation system
such like dhelp and dwww. So to provide the doc-base support, packages
should not cause the trouble with dwww or dhelp, unless the severe flaw
exists in them.

So I agree with Joey Hess in "bugginess", but many packages may have
this error, and the target of debhelper seems to "help" the developpers,
so I think a wishlist is not too much expectation for debhelper.

  An automatic warning for this "buggy" doc-base support file may be
  too much, I suppose.
  Taketoshi Sano: <sano@debian.org>,<sano@debian.or.jp>,<kgh12351@nifty.ne.jp>

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