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Bug#212814: please clarify 3.4: description of a package

On Fri, Sep 26, 2003 at 11:02:17PM +0300, Richard Braakman wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 26, 2003 at 10:50:41AM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > I believe package management utilities are allowed to omit the short
> > description in favor of the long one for interface considerations.
> Why, though?  What good does it do?  The long description is already
> long (hence the name), so using one more line to add the short
> description won't hurt anything.  And writing good descriptions
> is a lot easier if you can assume the long description will be
> read in the context provided by the package name and the short
> description.

Well, I think we should poll the current package manager maintainers
(synaptic, gnome-apt, aptitude, etc.) before we such a decision.

Other than that I have no objection.

G. Branden Robinson                |     I am only good at complaining.
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     You don't want me near your code.
branden@debian.org                 |     -- Dan Jacobson
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |

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