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Re: Finishing the FHS transition

On 06-May-01, 14:27 (CDT), Adrian Bunk <bunk@fs.tum.de> wrote:
> Policy says:
> <--  snip  -->
>      In the source package's `Standards-Version' control field, you must
>      specify the most recent version number of this policy document with
>      which your package complies.  The current version number is
>      This information may be used to file bug reports automatically if your
>      package becomes too much out of date.
> <--  snip  -->

Uhh, when did that become a "must"? In 3.5.2 the first paragraph
     You should specify the most recent version of the packaging
     standards with which your package complies in the source package's
     `Standards-Version' field.                                        

Even in 3.5.4, towards the end of that section it says
     You should regularly, and especially if your package has become out
     of date, check for the newest Policy Manual available and update   
     your package, if necessary. When your package complies with the new
     standards you should update the Standards-Version source package   
     field and release it.

It says nothing about uploading just to notify that you "are still

Hmmm, I don't remember a proposal to change this; I suspect the "must"
slipped in during the recent rewrites, and as Chris Waters pointed out, it
is certainly inconsistent with the intent of the field according to recent

> "you must specify the most recent version number of this policy document
> with which your package complies": You must upgrade this field when your
> package complies with a more recent policy - and when your package does
> already comply with a more recent policy nothing more than an upload with
> an updated Standards-Version field is needed.

Nonsense. I'm not going to upload new versions of packages simply to
change that field. Lot's of policy updates have zero effect on most
packages, and I doubt many of our users want to spend the time and
money downloading and installing a new version of a package to confirm
that.  I would strongly object if (for example) Branden suddenly started
uploading new versions of the X packages every time a new version of
policy was released.

I'll wait a few days for one of the policy editors to say "Oops, that
was an accident"; if that's not the case, I need to propose an ammendent
that clarifies reality, so that Adrian doesn't get mislead again :-).


Steve Greenland <stevegr@debian.org>
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