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Bug#212031: marked as done (Ambiguous use of the word 'dependency')

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Package: dpkg-dev
Version: 1.9.21

The dpkg-dev manual page seems to use the word "dependency" backwards.
This error makes the documentation hard to understand.

Per the The American Heritage Dictionary (via
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=3Ddependency), a dependency
    1. Dependence.=20
    2. Something dependent or subordinate.=20
    3. A territory under the jurisdiction of a state of
       which it does not form an integral part.=20

The dpkg-dev manual page's uses of "dependency" in the first sense (e.g.,=
a dependency between two things, or dependency in general) are fine.

However, the uses of "dependency" in the second first seem to be=20

If A depends on B, the A is a dependency of B.  B is not a dependency=20
of A (unless the dependency relationship is circular).

The manual page says:

   ...  The dependencies are added to the substitution variables file=20
   debian/substvars as variable names shlibs:dependencyfield where=20
   dependency=ADfield is a dependency field  name.  =20

It's not clear whether that's referring to dependency in the first
sense (the information "A depends on B" is added) or the second sense
(just B is added), but if it's the second sense, it seems backwards.

The manual page says:

              Include dependencies  appropriate  for  the  shared librari=
              required by executable.

              Add  dependencies  to  be added to the control file
              dependency field dependencyfield.   (The  dependen=AD
              cies  for  this  field  are  placed in the variable


(Roughly same comment.)

Daniel Barclay

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I've gone through the dpkg documentation and our use of the word
"dependency" is consistent.  We use the word to mean the following:
'a dependency of A is something that A depends on'.

This definition is wide-spread jargon in the computing world, and to my
native English (not American) reading is perfectly acceptable.

Have you ever, ever felt like this?
Had strange things happen?  Are you going round the twist?

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