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Bug#42554: marked as done ([OLD PROPOSAL] A proposal for README.Debian)

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From: Stephane Bortzmeyer <bortzmeyer@debian.org>
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Subject: A proposal for README.Debian
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Package: debian-policy
Severity: wishlist
[Cc: me if you reply, I'm not on debian-policy.]

The current Policy manual says almost nothing about the README.Debian file. I 
suggest to add a section 6.8 (in the "Documentation" chapter) or something 
like that:

6.8 README.Debian

Your package may contain a /usr/share/doc/package/README.Debian file. It is 
mandatory to have one if you modified the source code of the upstream package.

This file should document:

- the changes you made for the Debian package. Remember that some upstream 
authors are very picky about such changes and that users have the right to be 
informed of the Debian peculiarities. Otherwise, they may fill in a bug report 
upstream for Debian changes, thus confusing the upstream maintainer. Yes, the 
'.diff' file exists but it's easier to read a three-lines summary than a diff 

- the rationale for choosing such or such options in the debian/rules when 
calling configure and/or make.

- the Debian packages you need to recompile this package. The Debian packaging 
system does not know about formal source dependencies. Therefore, if the 
source of a package does not compile, the user has to guess what you need. It 
is better to tell it explicitely.

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Subject: Re: Bug #42554: A proposal for README.Debian
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Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2001 13:16:54 -0500 (CDT)
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This note is being sent as part of a project to clean out old (> 1yr)
debian-policy proposals. If you disagree with action below please
respond to bug#@bugs.debian.org, not to me, so that the discussion may
be carried out publically in debian-policy. Feel free to re-open the
bug while it's being discussed -- I'm not trying to force any
particular disposition, just taking my best shot at resolving dead

Bug #42554: A proposal for README.Debian

Summary: Proposed that a /usr/share/doc/package/README.Debian file
sanctioned and specified appropriate content. Some of that content
currently appears in the copyright file. Particular items that brought
objection were build time dependencies (now part of Build-Depends
et. al.)  and compiler options (should be discussed in debian/rules if
necessary). Proposal also made the file required if upstream source
was modified; this also brought objections. Some noted that the
copyright file currently contains things completely unrelated to
copyright. AJ counterproposed a policy mod that would move those items
to README.Debian. People seemed to like that better, but then
discussion died out.

Discussion: I like AJ's proposal, it makes perfect sense. However,
inertia seems against it. I may re-propose his mod.

Action: close

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