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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"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
Chris Waters | Pneumonoultra- osis is too long
email@example.com | microscopicsilico- to fit into a single
or firstname.lastname@example.org | volcaniconi- standalone haiku