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Bug#203145: (uploaders in control) Any activity?

On Thu, 19 Feb 2004 14:45:15 +0100, Bill Allombert <allomber@math.u-bordeaux.fr> said: 

> On Thu, Feb 19, 2004 at 01:01:08PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
>> On Thu, Feb 19, 2004 at 01:54:11PM +0100, Jeroen van Wolffelaar
>> wrote:
>> > Is there any activity on this issue? I just stubled upon this
>> > when I needed to know whether a multi-line uploaders was
>> > okay. Since uploaders isn't in policy at all, this is an
>> > undecided: I cannot possibly break policy by using something
>> > undocumented, can I?
>> >
>> > In any case, there are multiple packages using a multiline
>> > uploaders (don't recall my heart which, could checkout if
>> > needed), and all supporting scripts and katie etc seem to support
>> > it.
>> >
>> > So, I propose to explicitly allow that. It makes it better
>> > readable for the human eye, and for the computerized eye, it
>> > doesn't matter.  (if it isn't explicitly allowed, it's
>> > disallowed).
>> I tend to agree. Cc'ing bug.

> We could take the opportunuity to document Uploaders: in policy,
> since it is widely used. Something to note is that in contrast to
> the Maintainer: field, names in Uploaders: cannot contains ',' since
> it is the field separator. wmaker has this 'bug'.

	Why should we make something policy just because it is widely
 used? Policy is not a dpkg manual, after all. Uploaders is not a
 required field anyway.

	This goes against the grain for policy being a minimalist
 document -- we should not make policy dictats unless there is a
 demonstrated need (usually where we need to standardize between
 several equally good alternatives in order to improve integration). 

Would you care to drift aimlessly in my direction?
Manoj Srivastava   <srivasta@debian.org>  <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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