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Bug#473439: debian-policy: Debian Policy inconsistent with Developer's Reference



Package: debian-policy,debian-reference
Version: 3.7.3.0
Severity: normal


Hi!

When doing my NM I noticed an inconsistency between the Debian Policy
and the Developer's Reference concerning the use of the terms "section"
and "category". 

The Debian Developer's Reference says in chapter 4.6.1: 

"The 'main' section of the Debian archive is what makes up the official
Debian GNU/Linux distribution. [...] Note that the term "section" is
also used to refer to categories which simplify the organization and
browsing of available packages, e.g. admin, net, utils etc." 

On the other hand chapter 2.4 of the Debian Policy states: 

"The packages in the categories main, contrib and non-free are grouped
further into sections to simplify handling." 

As you can see the Developer's Reference states the exact opposite, so I
guess only one of them can be right and the other one should be fixed.

Best regards,
Meike


-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.24-1-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=de_DE@euro, LC_CTYPE=de_DE@euro (charmap=ISO-8859-15)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

-- no debconf information



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