Bug#203145: (uploaders in control) Any activity?
On Thu, Feb 19, 2004 at 10:49:04AM -0600, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Feb 2004 14:45:15 +0100, Bill Allombert <firstname.lastname@example.org> said:
> > 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).
Uploaders is an interface for the archive scripts which dpkg is merely
the vector. Other tools use the Uploaders fields to gather informations
about co-maintainership (e.g. qa.debian.org). Changing the interface at
that point would break them.
Of course it involved standardizing on an implementation, but by the
nature of Debian, only the versions actually used by the archive
scripts have any chance to run.
Imagine a large red swirl here.