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Re: [devel-ref] author/homepage in description

On Sun, Dec 08, 2002 at 05:08:20PM -0600, Adam DiCarlo wrote:

> For now, I was planning on recommending something like this:

>   We recommend that you add the upstream author's name, email address,
>   and the URL for the package's homepage to the package description in
>   debian/control.  It should be added at the end of description, using
>   the following format:

Some authors may not WANT their email in the package description.  At
least one of my upstreams would probably shoot me if I tried that.
(Even on his own web page, his address is only available as a GIF.)

IMO, any "best practices" recommendation should recommend NOT posting
ANYONE'S email address in any public place unless the owner of the
address has OK'd it.

>   Author:   Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>

"Author" is a bit of a misnomer.  There may be a team of authors,
and/or the actual author may no longer be the upstream maintainer.

>   Homepage: http://docbook.sourceforge.net/

Ditto for this: some packages may have only an ftp: URI, which doesn't
exactly qualify as a "homepage", IMO.  But my objections to this are
much milder.

Chris Waters           |  Pneumonoultra-        osis is too long
xtifr@debian.org       |  microscopicsilico-    to fit into a single
or xtifr@speakeasy.net |  volcaniconi-          standalone haiku

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