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Bug#254998: Please follow policy 9.4 in printing "working" messages with ellipses ("...")

Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.22
Severity: minor

While it is working dpkg prints messages like these:

    Setting up foo (1.0) ...

Policy 9.4 gives the following advice for the writing of initscripts.

    If you want to express that the computer is working on
    something (that is, performing a specific task, not starting
    or stopping a program), we use an "ellipsis" (three dots:
    "..."). Note that we don't insert spaces before or after the
    dots. If the task has been completed we write "done." and a
    line feed.

Thus initscripts print messages like these:

    Initialising bar...done.

When packages are being installed initscripts sometimes get run;
thus one sees a mixture of dpkg-style "working" messages and
initscripts-style "working" messages.  Consistency of style would
be better aesthetically so I suggest that dpkg's messages be
changed to follow the policy for initscripts' messages.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (900, 'unstable'), (700, 'testing'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.7
Locale: LANG=en_IE@euro, LC_CTYPE=en_IE@euro

Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii  dselect                     1.10.22      a user tool to manage Debian packa
ii  libc6                       2.3.2.ds1-13 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an

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