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

>>"Anthony" == Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> writes:

 Anthony> The documentation should be found wherever the dpkg
 Anthony> maintainers want it, not wherever the -policy maintainers
 Anthony> think might be fun.

	What policy contains won't be documentation. It shall be a
 standard interface that must be implemented by any Debian packaging
 tool -- and be the only policy requirement from Debian packages and
 packaging tools.

	Separate the interface from the tools, and their
 documentation. Policy defines the interface. Given there are hundreds
 of maintainers with thousands of packages, a standard for the
 interface and file templates would be nice.

	Since dpkg folk have already stated their commitment to not
 changing interfaces out from under all the packages, this ought not
 to be any inconvenience to them. Having a standard interface would
 enable us to, *gasp*, allow the implementation of another packaging

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