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Re: Overriding linda source package warnings



On Mon, Oct 09, 2006 at 12:44:17PM -0500, Luis Rodrigo Gallardo Cruz wrote:
> [1] I need to override because the error could only be *fixed* by
> repackaging the .orig.tar.gz, which I don't want to do for so little a
> thing, when the problem can be adequately worked around.

While I fully agree that the workaround (plus asking upstream to fix it) is
the correct thing to do, I don't think you should use an override.  It's nice
to have warning-free packages, but that should be because they are in order,
not because you know what's wrong and don't want to hear it.  So IMO that
warning should just be there until upstream fixes the source package.

Overrides are for false positives: the check fails even though there's nothing
wrong.  (Often they also mean a bug report to lintian/linda is in order.)  In
this case there is something wrong, only the maintainer can't fix it.  But
that's no reason to suppress the warning.

Then again, looking at the warning there's something wrong with the check as
well.  That is, assuming you did remove the files in the clean target, the
hint about that suggests that they don't check what they want.  So even
without an override you may want to report a bug. :-)

Thanks,
Bas

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