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Bug#153704: marked as done (debian-policy: bordering on gibberish, using lynx (and links))

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Subject: debian-policy: bordering on gibberish, using lynx (and links)
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Package: debian-policy
Severity: important

       2) Important Bug. Has a major effect on the usability of a package,
       without rendering it completely unusable to everyone.

       3) Dangerous bug. Makes the package in question unusable by anyone or
       mostly so, or causes data loss, or introduces a security hole allowing
       access to the accounts of users who use the package.

       2.5) Nasty bug. Makes the package in question unusable by anyone
       in console, or mostly so.

Seriously, debian-policy borders on gibberish using lynx, and links
is not much better.  I was just attempting to look something up in
policy while conversing with a debian developer, but couldn't provide
him with a citation, since the package is in such useless condition.
Policy should be accessible to all, not just X11 users.

If you care to reproduce what is included below, the commandline is
as follows:
$ lynx -dump file://localhost/usr/share/doc/debian-policy/policy.html/index.html | head -n 135

As a quick aside, let me check links, with
$ links /usr/share/doc/debian-policy/policy.html/index.html | head -n 10
                                                Debian Policy Manual (p1 of 20)
   Link: [1]start
   Link: [2]prev
   Link: [3]next
   Link: [4]contents
   Link: [5]copyright
   Link: [6]chapter
   Link: [7]chapter
   Link: [8]chapter
   Link: [9]chapter
   Link: [10]chapter
   Link: [11]chapter
   Link: [12]chapter
   Link: [13]chapter
   Link: [14]chapter
   Link: [15]chapter
   Link: [16]chapter
   Link: [17]chapter
   Link: [18]chapter
   Link: [19]appendix
   Link: [20]appendix
   Link: [21]appendix

(Not very useful, although it seems to have dealt poorly with piping to head.)
It continues through
   Link: [204]subsection
   Link: [205]subsection

The rest of this bug report is the ugliness from lynx, and the commandline
above, which you might want to bypass if you have sensitive eyes.
You won't miss much.

$ lynx -dump file://localhost/usr/share/doc/debian-policy/policy.html/index.html | head -n 135
   #[1]start [2]prev [3]next [4]contents [5]copyright [6]1 About this
   manual [7]2 The Debian Archive [8]3 Control files and their fields
   [9]4 Version numbering [10]5 Packaging Considerations [11]6 Package
   maintainer scripts and installation procedure [12]7 Declaring
   relationships between packages [13]8 Configuration file handling [14]9
   Shared libraries [15]10 The Operating System [16]11 Files [17]12
   Customized programs [18]13 Documentation [19]A Introduction and scope
   of these appendices [20]B Binary packages (from old Packaging Manual)
   [21]C Source packages (from old Packaging Manual) [22]D Control files
   and their fields (from old Packaging Manual) [23]E Configuration file
   handling (from old Packaging Manual) [24]F Alternative versions of an
   interface - <code>update-alternatives</code> (from old Packaging
   Manual) [25]G Diversions - overriding a package's version of a file
   (from old Packaging Manual) [26]1.1 Scope [27]1.2 New versions of this
   document [28]1.3 Feedback [29]2.1 Package copyright and sections
   [30]2.2 Priorities [31]2.3 Binary packages [32]2.4 Source packages
   [33]3.1 Syntax of control files [34]3.2 List of fields [35]4.1 Version
   numbers based on dates [36]5.1 Time Stamps [37]5.2
   <samp>debian/rules</samp> - the main building script [38]5.3
   <samp>debian/changelog</samp> [39]5.4 <samp>debian/substvars</samp>
   and variable substitutions [40]5.5 <samp>debian/files</samp> [41]5.6
   Restrictions on objects in source packages [42]5.7 Descriptions of
   packages - the <samp>Description</samp> field [43]6.1 Introduction to
   package maintainer scripts [44]6.2 Maintainer scripts Idempotency
   [45]6.3 Controlling terminal for maintainer scripts [46]6.4 Summary of
   ways maintainer scripts are called [47]6.5 Details of unpack phase of
   installation or upgrade [48]6.6 Details of configuration [49]6.7
   Details of removal and/or configuration purging [50]7.1 Syntax of
   relationship fields [51]7.2 Binary Dependencies -
   <samp>Depends</samp>, <samp>Recommends</samp>, <samp>Suggests</samp>,
   <samp>Enhances</samp>, <samp>Pre-Depends</samp> [52]7.3 Conflicting
   binary packages - <samp>Conflicts</samp> [53]7.4 Virtual packages -
   <samp>Provides</samp> [54]7.5 Overwriting files and replacing packages
   - <samp>Replaces</samp> [55]7.6 Relationships between source and
   binary packages - <samp>Build-Depends</samp>,
   <samp>Build-Depends-Indep</samp>, <samp>Build-Conflicts</samp>,
   <samp>Build-Conflicts-Indep</samp> [56]9.1 Handling shared library
   dependencies - the <samp>shlibs</samp> system [57]9.2 The
   <samp>shlibs</samp> files present on the system [58]9.3 How to use
   <code>dpkg-shlibdeps</code> and the <samp>shlibs</samp> files [59]9.4
   The <samp>shlibs</samp> File Format [60]9.5 Providing a
   <samp>shlibs</samp> file [61]9.6 Writing the
   <samp>debian/shlibs.local</samp> file [62]10.1 Filesystem hierarchy
   [63]10.2 Users and groups [64]10.3 System run levels and
   <samp>init.d</samp> scripts [65]10.4 Console messages from
   <samp>init.d</samp> scripts [66]10.5 Cron jobs [67]10.6 Menus [68]10.7
   Multimedia handlers [69]10.8 Keyboard configuration [70]10.9
   Environment variables [71]11.1 Binaries [72]11.2 Libraries [73]11.3
   Shared libraries [74]11.4 Scripts [75]11.5 Symbolic links [76]11.6
   Device files [77]11.7 Configuration files [78]11.8 Log files [79]11.9
   Permissions and owners [80]12.1 Architecture specification strings
   [81]12.2 Daemons [82]12.3 Using pseudo-ttys and modifying wtmp, utmp
   and lastlog [83]12.4 Editors and pagers [84]12.5 Web servers and
   applications [85]12.6 Mail transport, delivery and user agents
   [86]12.7 News system configuration [87]12.8 Programs for the X Window
   System [88]12.9 Perl programs and modules [89]12.10 Emacs lisp
   programs [90]12.11 Games [91]13.1 Manual pages [92]13.2 Info documents
   [93]13.3 Additional documentation [94]13.4 Accessing the documentation
   [95]13.5 Preferred documentation formats [96]13.6 Copyright
   information [97]13.7 Examples [98]13.8 Changelog files [99]B.1
   Creating package files - <code>dpkg-deb</code> [100]B.2 Package
   control information files [101]B.3 The main control information file:
   <samp>control</samp> [102]B.4 Time Stamps [103]C.1 Tools for
   processing source packages [104]C.2 The Debianised source tree
   [105]C.3 Source packages as archives [106]C.4 Unpacking a Debian
   source package without <code>dpkg-source</code> [107]D.1 Syntax of
   control files [108]D.2 List of fields [109]E.1 Automatic handling of
   configuration files by <code>dpkg</code> [110]E.2 Fully-featured
   maintainer script configuration handling [111]2.1.1 The Debian Free
   Software Guidelines [112]2.1.2 The main section [113]2.1.3 The contrib
   section [114]2.1.4 The non-free section [115]2.1.5 The non-US sections
   [116]2.1.6 Further copyright considerations [117]2.1.7 Subsections
   [118]2.3.1 The package name [119]2.3.2 The maintainer of a package
   [120]2.3.3 The description of a package [121]2.3.4 Dependencies
   [122]2.3.5 Virtual packages [123]2.3.6 Base packages [124]2.3.7
   Essential packages [125]2.3.8 Maintainer scripts [126]
   Prompting in maintainer scripts [127]2.4.1 Standards conformance
   [128]2.4.2 Package relationships [129]2.4.3 Changes to the upstream
   sources [130]2.4.4 Documenting your changes [131]2.4.5 Error trapping
   in makefiles [132]2.4.6 Obsolete constructs and libraries [133]3.2.1
   <samp>Package</samp> [134]3.2.2 <samp>Version</samp> [135]3.2.3
   <samp>Standards-Version</samp> [136]3.2.4 <samp>Distribution</samp>
   [137]5.3.1 Defining alternative changelog formats [138]5.7.1 Notes
   about writing descriptions [139]7.5.1 Overwriting files in other
   packages [140]7.5.2 Replacing whole packages, forcing their removal
   [141]10.1.1 Filesystem Structure [142]10.1.2 Site-specific programs
   [143]10.1.3 The system-wide mail directory [144]10.2.1 Introduction
   [145]10.2.2 UID and GID classes [146]10.3.1 Introduction [147]10.3.2
   Writing the scripts [148]10.3.3 Managing the links [149]10.3.4
   Boot-time initialization [150]10.3.5 Example [151]11.7.1 Definitions
   [152]11.7.2 Location [153]11.7.3 Behavior [154]11.7.4 Sharing
   configuration files [155]11.7.5 User configuration files ("dotfiles")
   [156]11.9.1 The use of <code>dpkg-statoverride</code> [157]12.8.1
   Providing X support and package priorities [158]12.8.2 Packages
   providing an X server [159]12.8.3 Packages providing a terminal
   emulator [160]12.8.4 Packages providing a window manager [161]12.8.5
   Packages providing fonts [162]12.8.6 Application defaults files
   [163]12.8.7 Installation directory issues [164]12.8.8 The OSF/Motif
   and OpenMotif libraries [165]C.1.1 <code>dpkg-source</code> - packs
   and unpacks Debian source packages [166]C.1.2
   <code>dpkg-buildpackage</code> - overall package-building control
   script [167]C.1.3 <code>dpkg-gencontrol</code> - generates binary
   package control files [168]C.1.4 <code>dpkg-shlibdeps</code> -
   calculates shared library dependencies [169]C.1.5
   <code>dpkg-distaddfile</code> - adds a file to
   <samp>debian/files</samp> [170]C.1.6 <code>dpkg-genchanges</code> -
   generates a <samp>.changes</samp> upload control file [171]C.1.7
   <code>dpkg-parsechangelog</code> - produces parsed representation of a
   changelog [172]C.1.8 <code>dpkg-architecture</code> - information
   about the build and host system [173]C.2.1 <samp>debian/rules</samp> -
   the main building script [174]C.2.2 <samp>debian/control</samp>
   [175]C.2.2.1 User-defined fields [176]C.2.3
   <samp>debian/changelog</samp> [177]C.2.3.1 Defining alternative
   changelog formats [178]C.2.4 <samp>debian/substvars</samp> and
   variable substitutions [179]C.2.5 <samp>debian/files</samp> [180]C.2.6
   <samp>debian/tmp</samp> [181]C.4.1 Restrictions on objects in source
   packages [182]D.2.1 <samp>Package</samp> [183]D.2.2
   <samp>Version</samp> [184]D.2.3 <samp>Architecture</samp> [185]D.2.4
   <samp>Maintainer</samp> [186]D.2.5 <samp>Source</samp> [187]D.2.6
   Package interrelationship fields: <samp>Depends</samp>,
   <samp>Pre-Depends</samp>, <samp>Recommends</samp>
   <samp>Suggests</samp>, <samp>Conflicts</samp>, <samp>Provides</samp>,
   <samp>Replaces</samp> [188]D.2.7 <samp>Description</samp> [189]D.2.8
   <samp>Essential</samp> [190]D.2.9 <samp>Section</samp> and
   <samp>Priority</samp> [191]D.2.10 <samp>Binary</samp> [192]D.2.11
   <samp>Installed-Size</samp> [193]D.2.12 <samp>Files</samp> [194]D.2.13
   <samp>Standards-Version</samp> [195]D.2.14 <samp>Distribution</samp>
   [196]D.2.15 <samp>Urgency</samp> [197]D.2.16 <samp>Date</samp>
   [198]D.2.17 <samp>Format</samp> [199]D.2.18 <samp>Changes</samp>
   [200]D.2.19 <samp>Filename</samp> and <samp>MSDOS-Filename</samp>
   [201]D.2.20 <samp>Size</samp> and <samp>MD5sum</samp> [202]D.2.21
   <samp>Status</samp> [203]D.2.22 <samp>Config-Version</samp>
   [204]D.2.23 <samp>Conffiles</samp> [205]D.2.24 Obsolete fields

-- System Information
Debian Release: sarge
Kernel Version: Linux phoenix 2.4.18 #1 Sun Mar 3 20:15:51 UTC 2002 i586 unknown unknown GNU/Linux

Versions of the packages debian-policy depends on:
ii  fileutils      4.1.9-3        GNU file management utilities

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We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
debian-policy, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/main/d/debian-policy/debian-policy_3.5.7.0.dsc
  to pool/main/d/debian-policy/debian-policy_3.5.7.0.tar.gz
  to pool/main/d/debian-policy/debian-policy_3.5.7.0_all.deb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 153704@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> (supplier of updated debian-policy package)

(This message was generated automatically at their request; if you
believe that there is a problem with it please contact the archive
administrators by mailing ftpmaster@debian.org)

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Format: 1.7
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 02:18:02 -0500
Source: debian-policy
Binary: debian-policy
Architecture: source all
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: low
Maintainer: Debian Policy List <debian-policy@lists.debian.org>
Changed-By: Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org>
 debian-policy - Debian Policy Manual and related documents
Closes: 47298 69311 81852 97755 100346 100472 106280 106826 109672 111025 112828 113525 114949 116134 118608 131441 134977 137521 137521 138681 139067 139820 139832 139969 140697 141307 141903 143770 144297 144411 145067 146703 146756 147554 150456 151328 152965 153704 154142 154660 155680 156546 157131
 debian-policy ( unstable; urgency=low
   * Fixed some broken hrefs in links
   * No longer use local debiandoc stuff (it's been fixed upstream)
   * Added table of contents (index.html) to policy-process.sgml, fixing
     the new error reported to bug #137521                    closes: Bug#137521
   * Fixed a couple of typos                                  closes: Bug#139832
   * Ran through the policy document looking for long instances of text in
     the <tt> tag, and changed it to <file> where appropriate. This is
     since the <file> tag can handle line breaking, but the <t> flag does
     not.                                                     closes: Bug#139820
   * Change the requirement to ask permission to make devices to merely
     requiring a notification.                                closes: Bug#106280
   * Added a build dependson docbook utils.                   closes: Bug#154660
   * Since this is being built with a newer version of debiandoc-sgml, this
     should display better with lynx.                         closes: Bug#153704
   * Add in the crypto-in-main amendment.          closes: Bug#81852, Bug#144411
   * we no longer have task packages, instead, we define tasks using a
     special field in the control file (and these should be added only
     after discussion on the mailing lists)                    closes: Bug#97755
   * Clarify wording in the section for packages providing fonts.
                                                              closes: Bug#109672
   * Fix the doc base file for policy process     closes: Bug#137521, Bug#147554
                                                              closes: Bug#146756
   * using set -e is not dubious advice. Rejecting this.      closes: Bug#139969
   * Make the directory one is building under ./debian/ be up to the
     maintainer, instead of mandating ./debian/tmp/           closes: Bug#144297
   * Add a standards version                                  closes: Bug#145067
   * Added virtual package debconf-2.0                        closes: Bug#151328
   * Added The Window Manager Specification Project support to the default
     window manager selection mechanism                       closes: Bug#155680
   * The confusion between /var/mail and /var/spool/mail seems to have been
     disambiguated.                                           closes: Bug#114949
   * Mention the new Build-Depend-Indep semantic and the new
     build-indep/build-arch rules in upgrading checklist      closes: Bug#116134
   * Made package naming rules in policy consistent. I did not eliminate
     the duplication, since I don't want to make major changes to the flow,
     since we are supposed to be re-writing policy anyway.    closes: Bug#131441
   * Clarified wording about cases where we may have concrete and virtual
     packages with the same name.                             closes: Bug#134977
   * Fixed typo 'be be'                                       closes: Bug#138681
   * Fixed typo in appendix G -- example of diversion         closes: Bug#140697
   * fix typo shlib: -> shlibs:                               closes: Bug#141903
   * Provide a link between two sections dealing with virtual packages.
                                                              closes: Bug#143770
   * Fixed xtifr's email address in the menu policy           closes: Bug#152965
   * Allow shared library names to be have a hyphen between library name
     and soversion if the library name ends in a number.      closes: Bug#100472
   * Permit some libraries to only install static libs.       closes: Bug#100346
   * Remove the debug option, add noopt           closes: Bug#157131, Bug#113525
   * provide dhcp-client virtual package.                     closes: Bug#154142
   * We do not need bits in policy that ``should not be enforced''.
                                                              closes: Bug#150456
   * We are building this with the latest debianndoc-sgml.    closes: Bug#146703
   * Finish incorporating all of the accepted changes in Bug#72335, and
     this                                         closes: Bug#141307, Bug#156546
   * Added virtual package aspell-dictionary                  closes: Bug#139067
   * Added virtual package radius-server                      closes: Bug#118608
   * Clarifying manual pages is not a policy issue.           closes: Bug#112828
   * Corrected the ldconfig handling instructions.            closes: Bug#111025
   * Not a policy issue.                                      closes: Bug#106826
   * Removed the /usr/doc/ symlink clause.          closes: Bug#47298, Bug#69311
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 538deca6636d771319afea1405dcc196 569509 doc optional debian-policy_3.5.7.0.tar.gz
 13c3dd1a4cad18ecb08d13f7605ca9d6 595702 doc optional debian-policy_3.5.7.0_all.deb
 fc34e5d47979c1fe6bbbfae067bc25e5 93119 byhand - policy.txt.gz
 12f50e6fdbfeda37e11a4588c172b351 2137 byhand - menu-policy.txt.gz
 56b51697d5f7924c4c6f95b7e75386fb 1563 byhand - mime-policy.txt.gz
 4f02b12bef47d46284be9aedabae845a 4497 byhand - policy-process.txt.gz
 d5b675249edb9396659d5ef8c427f9dc 4400 byhand - perl-policy.txt.gz
 e84ca799d0bd503879c7332ce7010037 104301 byhand - policy.html.tar.gz
 745262ba198b4cd35549768b400ad054 2804 byhand - menu-policy.html.tar.gz
 6c9855fc81bbd236d964b00fff6b50db 2163 byhand - mime-policy.html.tar.gz
 1936adb9629913a178c5977101073df8 5200 byhand - policy-process.html.tar.gz
 ad20fd4399f0cf475919d2c47bac9f69 5804 byhand - perl-policy.html.tar.gz
 57bfae059e907807da5ca6978bef12f3 6104 byhand - debconf_specification.txt.gz
 2b6ac31aefc3ed74bad716b3fb2eb60f 30171 byhand - debconf_specification.html
 3ed7aa5a489834b24bb28ff377a34aa9 10982 byhand - libc6-migration.txt
 754f5c28f50298c94d96ee39aa3a0026 9170 byhand - virtual-package-names-list.txt
 445f783dd5d3d56e23c32974889f7d69 175739 byhand - policy.ps.gz
 7a4d94570f1cb1f7f99c68e42fef5bdf 411899 byhand - policy.pdf.gz
 540f308e7fac7ec81f2c065f6a0aabc3 17344 byhand - upgrading-checklist.txt
 93679f707ec4cbc94b6f667afb1f2600 34997 byhand - fhs-2.1.html.tar.gz
 4beb6c43e8a0845e619e798b5516d217 103024 byhand - fhs.txt

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