Re: upstream field in package description
* Christian Schoenebeck [Fri, 13 May 2005 21:41:46 +0200]:
> IMO at least the upstream source field should become mandatory for Debian
> packages in future. On some packages it's really not that easy to trace back
> the original upstream source, because not every maintainer is adding that to
> the copyright or README.Debian file.
> What do you think?
That if a package does not contain those two bits of information in
the copyright file (author and where to get the source), you should
file a serious bug against the package, since the Debian Policy §12.5
mandates that such information must be present.
> I would like to ask for adding a new field to Debian package descriptions
> which defines the upstream source of a package, that is the location where
> the original sources were downloaded and probably optional as another field
> the upstream authors, like:
> Upstream-Source: http://www.getithere.org
> Upstream-Author: Foo Crew <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hence no need for this, its place is not the description but the
copyright file, already.
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