Bug#212034: Debina Perl Policy manual uses "dependency" backards
Colin Watson wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 21, 2003 at 04:33:05PM -0400, Daniel B. wrote:
> > Package: debian-policy
> > Version: 188.8.131.52
> > The Debian Perl Policy manual
> > (file:/usr/share/doc/debian-policy/perl-policy.html/ch-perl.html)
> > uses the word "dependency" backwards. This error makes the documentation
> > hard to understand.
> Debian's been using "dependency" this way round since roughly the dawn
> of time.
That's no excuse.
It's confusing. It can be said otherwise. It should be fixed.
> I'm certain that trying to reverse it now would sow confusion
> among the entire developer population.
1. The current state is already confusing.
2. Fixing the problem doesn't require using "dependency" in the correct
sense; it only requires _not_ using it backwards. For example,
"depended-on package" (or "library," etc., as the case may be) would
be unambiguous and not much longer.
> Consider it a piece of jargon.
It would be jargon if it were a new word or a new sense of an existing
work. However, this usage is directly contradictory to an existing