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Re: RFS: ampache (updated package)

On Tue, Oct 20 2009, Raphael Geissert wrote:

> Hi Manoj,
> Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> [...]
>>         I find that experimental and pedantic add far too much
>>  irrelevant chatter, and that it tends to mask the problems one should
>>  actually fix.
> Could you please elaborate a bit more? I'd like to know how I can improve
> lintian so that it is more useful for others.

,----[  Manual page lintian(1)  ]
|  --pedantic
|         Display pedantic ("P:") tags as well.  They are normally
|         suppressed.
|         Pedantic tags are Lintian at its most pickiest and include
|         checks for particular Debian packaging styles, checks that are
|         very frequently wrong, and checks that many people disagree
|         with.  Expect false positives and Lintian tags that you don't
|         consider useful if you use this option.  Adding overrides for
|         pedantic tags is probably not worth the effort.

        Pretty much covers it, neh?


,----[ http://lintian.debian.org/manual/ch2.html#s2.3 ]
| Experimental:
|   This means that the code that generates this message is not as well
|   tested as the rest of Lintian, and might still give surprising
|   results. Feel free to ignore Experimental messages that do not seem to
|   make sense, though of course bug reports are always welcomed.

        Now, people experienced in packaging stuff for Debian ought to
 be looking at pedantic and experimental tags and giving feedback to
 Lintian, to improve it (I certainly do). But I only look at
 experimental and pedantic tags when I want to see f I want to give
 feedback to Lintian, not as a package check. As a package check it is
 very inefficient, and definitely not what I would recommend to a

        There is a time and a place where these lintian options are
 useful. They certainly have a place, and are recommended for
 experienced developers, and critical for helping to improve lintian.
 But one needs to know when to use them, and when not to bother. 

"Linux: the operating system with a CLUE... Command Line User
Environment". (seen in a posting in comp.software.testing)
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>  
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