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Re: Bug#521810: debian-policy: Document user defined fields starting with X-

On Thu, 30 Apr 2009, Guillem Jover wrote:
> Another option could be to add a new modifier, like P(rivate) or
> U(ser), to be used like XPBS-Field: which would preserve the X-. But
> then you need a new enough dpkg-dev to be able to get that field.

I like that idea. It's not a big deal to have to use a recent dpkg-dev,
there aren't so many users of custom fields...

> I like (XB-)Private-, it works now, and it's pretty clear about what
> it means. If it's going to be used only for internal use, then Private-
> should be enough, but if those packages are going to be made public and
> used by other distros or derivatives, it might make sense to namespace
> them with project or company name to avoid possible collisions, due to
> more chances of uncoordination about those additions, so something like
> XB-Private-Distro-Field (I guess the same should apply if those
> projects or companies add support to their dpkg for those fields,
> though, like in Distro-Field).

It's a bit too verbose for me but I could live with that. :)

Raphaël Hertzog

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