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Re: new fields in debian/control


First, sorry for the crosspost. Do we want to go to a particular list for

> Date:    Mon, 17 Jul 2000 01:57:43 CDT
> To:      Wichert Akkerman <wichert@cistron.nl>
> cc:      debian-devel@lists.debian.org, debian-dpkg@lists.debian.org,
> 	 debian-policy@lists.debian.org, hobbit@aloss.ukuu.org.uk
> From:    Adam Heath <adam@doogie.org>
> Subject: Re: new fields in debian/control
> On Sun, 16 Jul 2000, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> > Package: packaging-manual
> > 
> > I'm adding three new fields to debian/control:
> >   
> > * Origin
> >   This lists the origin of a package. For all Debian packages this should
> >   be `Debian'. 
> Is this created in debian/control by the maintainer, or should it be inserted
> at package build time by an automated tool?  Indeed, couldn't all fields be
> inserted at package build time?  Or are you advocating having different debian
> dirs depending on what origin you are building for?

Does that decision have to be made now? If we start by having dinstall 
or dbuild do it, could we switch later? Vise versa possible?

I hope we don't have to decide that now, and I further hope that either
would be possible in the future, should it be desirable to go that way.

I see this proposal as a way to duplicate more of how debian operates 
onto non-debian organizations, and I believe that decision should be
in their hands.

> I could definately see where you do 'dpkg-buildpackage -O debian' or
> 'dpkg-buildpackage -O corel'


> > * Submit-Bugs-To
> >   An mailto URL to which bugs should be submitted. (It's a URL so
> >   we can support other types of BTSes at a later date if needed)
> > * Submit-Bugs-Style
> >   Style in which submitted bugreports should be formatted. Currently
> >   the only option here is `debbugs'.
> Limiting it to mailto?  If you are using a url, then you don't need to -Style,
> as the url can contain the type.

Taking the entire sentence into account, you are almost right. IF you are
using a url, THEN <mine> -maybe- </mine> you don't need a style. 

I would advance, however, that it doesn't have to be a url, and further that
it's possible for the same url to be hit with different styles should the 
recipient of the hit be designed for that. (I can prove this with existing
code if you would like, or are interested in the subject. <meta-to-myself 
quotations.tcl top>)

Also, the style parameter might specify that the given url is a stub, and
is to be filled in in some particular way.

Summary of this point: there are more possibilities than you suggest.
Also, having the style as a separate parameter will make things easier
to code, read and otherwise maintain.

> debbugs:submit@bugs.debian.org
> jitterbug:http://bugs.kaffe.org
> > All of these fields have to be in the general section of the control-file.
> > 
> > Someone please update the packaging manual to reflect this change.
> Where was the consensus reached, saying this should be done?  I'm willing to
> read -archives about it, if someone tells me the list, and the date range.

He maintains dpkg... that's not enough? If not, Wichert can submit it as
a proposal, which I will immediately second.


Jim Lynch       Finger for pgp key
as Laney College CIS admin:  jim@laney.edu   http://www.laney.edu/~jim/
as Debian developer:         jwl@debian.org  http://www.debian.org/~jwl/

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