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Re: Working on debian developer's reference and "best packaging practices"

On Thu, May 02, 2002 at 02:30:34PM +0200, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Previously Julian Gilbey wrote:
> > Part I: The Debian Archive
> >  1: DFSG and the sections of the archive (free, non-free, contrib, non-us)
> non-us is a different archive.

I understand; this was just an imprecise abbreviation ;-)
Sorry for any confusion.

> > Part II: Packages and metadata
> Refer to a dpkg reference instead and document extra restrictions

Surely either everything necessary should be in the dpkg reference or
everything necessary should be in policy.  I really don't want to see
it split up into two separate documents, for that way lies madness
again.  I understand that dpkg can be used elsewhere than Debian, but
it's de facto purpose is to serve as the Debian packaging system.  So
if the dpkg reference doesn't document everything that Debian needs in
this respect, what is the best thing to do?  To make people read two
(possibly, even probably contradictory) documents?  Or to have all of
the relevant stuff in both documents?

Ho hum.



      Julian Gilbey, Dept of Maths, Queen Mary, Univ. of London
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