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Re: linhdd concerns (was: Re: Updated Debian Maintainers Keyring)

On 2007-11-28, Bas Wijnen <wijnen@debian.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 02:49:38PM +0100, Pierre Habouzit wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 12:23:30PM +0000, Michael Banck wrote:
>> > Another thing we could do is alert sponsors about checking for lintian
>> > overrides when they review a package.
>>   or we could disallow the override of >=3D E: errors in lintian, and make
>> lintian reboot your computer, fill your gpg with /dev/random bits, and
>> install windows over your Debian if you override such errors.
> Interesting idea.  I'd prefer to use a bit softer approach, if only
> because I wouldn't want to push our developers (DD or not) to non-free
> software, even if they misbehave. ;-)
> How about letting lintian report all messages always, with an extra note
> for overrides?  Like this[0]:

A too verbose lintian makes people overlook the real issues.

Some time ago, lintian was too strict about .desktop files and made the
kdegraphics source package spew more than 700 lines of lintian warnings
and errors.  (lintian has now gotten more accurate)

Those 700 lines of <stuff> made lintian effectively unusable for those

Overrides are meant to make stuff not be shown. Please let it be that
way and instead educate sponsors to look at installed overrides. 

Lintian even has a switch to ignore overrides and output everything -
sponsors should use that.


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