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Re: Homepage-field in description

On 6/15/06, Don Armstrong <don@debian.org> wrote:
On Thu, 15 Jun 2006, Eddy Petrişor wrote:
> Think about somebody wanting to NMU because a bug has a fix in
> upstream and the current mainatiner is too busy or MIA. How
> difficult is it to get to the upstream? Is REALLY hard, belive me!

I hate to point this out this pointedly, but if someone wanting to NMU
is incapable of examining the copyright file to find the location of
upstream, they shouldn't be making an NMU. Hell, they wouldn't even

That is a point, but still the users might find the link useful.
Also, checking if something fresher is present is in upstream could be
facilitated because there is no need to look for the copyright file
and ge the info from there.

If the info is present in the copyright file, why isn't it parsed
automaticaly to be displayed on the package page?

I have always loved that EVERY Gentoo package has a direct link to upstream;

One will be able to get more info THAN the _short_ description in the
debian Description field. I thought that is the whole point...

know about the existance of a new upstream version if they didn't
already know about the location of the upstream's site.

There's nothing wrong with providing a Homepage: link or any other
useful information in your Description, but the lack of one isn't
necessarily a bug. It may possibly be a wishlist request, but that's
pretty much it. It's up to the maintainer in the end if including a
Homepage: link is useful or not; they should be fully capable of
making this decision.

Still I don't understand why is this reservation towards providing a
Homepage link (even if via a new Homepage field in the control file)?!

As far as keeping a repository of package names and their upstream
locations with screenshots, that's really something that freshmeat is
good at, not something that packages.debian.org does well currently.

Exactly, that's why Debian shoudl link to the upstream.
Think from a user POV, not from a Debian maintainer's view.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge" A.Einstein

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