Bug#587377: debian-policy: Decide on arbitrary file/path names limit
Bill Allombert wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 10:17:32PM -0600, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
>> Another question: is Debian policy the right place to make a decisions
>> like this? Ideally these maxima would be set using some cross-distro
>> standard like POSIX or the FHS. Sadly:
> I do not think it is the purpose of Debian policy to limit file name and path
> length without providing guidance.
Could you expand on that? What sort of guidance could policy provide?
I admit that I have much less interest in this now that I understand
current packages are not butting against the practical limits. But I
do think that an easily checkable "packages should not have absurdly
filenames" (in their files list; I do not mean to say anything about
files generated at runtime) could be helpful in communicating
* what filesystems are usable for installing Debian?
* how many characters of grace area can tools like dpkg-divert feel
free to use?
* when is enough enough and the current pathname scheme actually a
bug that is going to prevent people from being able to install
> Most of the time, files path are not chosen by the packager
This makes concrete, practically motivated advice about limits more
Hoping that is clearer,