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Re: [DEP5] [patch] Renaming the ‘Maintainer’ field ‘Contact’

Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:
> On Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 10:09:16AM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:

>> I can definitely see the desire for this metadata, but it feels to me
>> like it would be better tracked in a separate file, such as Charles's
>> proposed upstream metadata file.

> In current practice, many maintainers include such information in
> debian/copyright.  As long as this is the case, I think the format
> should provide for that in a more structured manner than a 'Comment'
> field allows.  These fields are already marked as optional; if policy
> later dictates that this information shouldn't live in debian/copyright,
> we can always phase them out.  Do you see any harm in this?

No, that's fine.  I just wanted to be sure people realized that the
information is optional in debian/copyright.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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