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Policy changing procedures (was: Bug#375502: debian-policy must clarify how sub-policies should be managed)


can you please comment on that?

Ian Jackson <ian@davenant.greenend.org.uk> wrote:

> George Danchev writes ("Bug#375502: debian-policy must clarify how sub-policies should be managed"):
>> If there is no `official policy process' then what justifies the presence of 
>> policy-process.sgml and /usr/share/doc/debian-policy/policy-process.*  
>> respectively ?
> I assume this is an oversight.

Maybe we should file a bug that these files be removed.

> Frank Küster writes ("Official policy process (was: Bug#375502: debian-policy must clarify how sub-policies should be managed)"):
>> Is this really true?  Then why hasn't the policy-process document been
>> deleted from the binary package?  And why did we see people sending
>> "Seconded" messages to this list and counting seconds, without anybody
>> calling "Hey guys, this is useless"?
> I haven't seen this very much recently and many changes have gone into
> debian-policy which weren't done in this way.

I haven't closely followed all non-editorial changes.  I remember that
Manoj did retitle some bugs, using some of the tags described in the
policy-process.  There were also some changes that might have been
decided long ago.  And as I said previously, people sent "seconded"
mails and counted seconders.

I simply don't know how policy changes are supposed to happen
currently.  It would be nice if that could be clarified.

Regards, Frank

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

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