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Bug#294351: marked as done (Please extend 9.4's ellipsis style requirement to cover maintainer scripts and dpkg)



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From: Thomas Hood <jdthood@aglu.demon.nl>
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Subject: Please extend 9.4's ellipsis style requirement to cover maintainer scripts
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Package: debian-policy
Version: 3.6.1.1
Severity: wishlist

Policy 9.4 requires initscripts to format their output this way:

    Doing something that takes time now...

In #254998 I have asked the dpkg maintainers to replace

    Unpacking replacement foo ...

with

    Unpacking replacement foo...

(etc.) so that when installing packages that run initscripts the ellipsis
style is consistent.

The dpkg maintainer says that he will not proceed with this change until
he is directed to do so by policy.  Also, he would like maintainer
scripts' use of ellipsis to be similarly regulated before he makes the
change to dpkg.  

I therefore ask that policy 9.4 be extended to cover ellipsis in output
from dpkg and from maintainer scripts.


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To: Thomas Hood <jdthood@aglu.demon.nl>
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Subject: Re: Bug#294351: Please extend 9.4's ellipsis style requirement to
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On Wed, 09 Feb 2005 12:08:23 +0100, Thomas Hood <jdthood@aglu.demon.nl> said: 

> (etc.) so that when installing packages that run initscripts the
> ellipsis style is consistent.

	Mere aesthetics are probably not a good enough reason for new
 policy requirements -- this belongs in developers reference, at best.

> The dpkg maintainer says that he will not proceed with this change
> until he is directed to do so by policy.  Also, he would like
> maintainer scripts' use of ellipsis to be similarly regulated before
> he makes the change to dpkg.

	Policy is not a stick to beat maintainers with. Conversly,
 changing policy to make a maintainer do a change that they are not
 willing to do on their own is a bad idea. You need the Tech Ctte,
 really.

	manoj
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