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Re: Bug#375502: debian-policy must clarify how sub-policies should be managed

George Danchev <danchev@spnet.net> wrote:

> Package: debian-policy
> Version:
> Severity: wishlist
> The current paragraphs of #1.4, #11.9, #11.9 show perl-policy as
> a part debian-policy package and emacs-policy as a separate package.
> I think that all sub-policies should obey same rules, e.g. each of them
> to be managed in a separate package or within the debian-policy package.

I tend to disagree.  A sub-policy should only be part of the
debian-policy package, and installed in /usr/share/doc/debian-policy, if
it is accepted and has been established through the official policy
process.  On the other hand, sub-policies do not appear from nowhere and
suddenly start being official.  Instead, maintainer groups that deal
with the sub-topic usually start developping their policy along existing
implementations, and adapt their implementations as their policy gets
more and more consistent (and tested).  At some point, they can apply to
become part of "the policy", with all the side effects like must-clauses
being RC etc.  But that's only the end, and the sub-policy document must
exist prior to this, at some other place.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX)

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