Bug#212034: Debina Perl Policy manual uses "dependency" backards
The Debian Perl Policy manual
uses the word "dependency" backwards. This error makes the documentation
hard to understand.
Per the The American Heritage Dictionary (via
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=dependency), a dependency
2. Something dependent or subordinate.
3. A territory under the jurisdiction of a state of
which it does not form an integral part.
In sense 2, if A depends on B, A is a dependency of B; (B is not a
dependency of A).
The Debian Perl Policy manual, in section 1.1, says:
Only one package may contain the /usr/bin/perl binary and that package
must either be perl or a dependency of that package (see Base Package,
Apparently, the intent was to say that perl or one of the packages perl
depends on must contain that binary. However, as written, it says that
some package that depends on perl must contains the binary.
Section 4.2 says:
As with modules, packages using debhelper may use dh_perl(1) to
automatically generate dependences[sic] (see Automating Perl
Dependencies, Section 3.4.3).
I don't know enough about dh_perl to know whether this is using
"dependencies" in sense 1 (in which case it's fine), or it it's using
it in sense 2, in which case it's backwards.
Section 5.2 says:
Dependencies for programs linking against the shared Perl library will
be automatically created by dpkg-shlibdeps.