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Re: DEP5: CANDIDATE and ready for use in squeeze+1

On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 01:11:26AM +0100, gregor herrmann wrote:
On Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:14:01 +1100, Ben Finney wrote:

> (Of course, the Source field is also redundant for a great many > packages where it would be the same URL that goes in > debian/control's Homepage field. IIRC, the hope is that policy is > eventually changed to not require the copyright have that redundant > information.) I disagree on that point. The home page of the project is a different fact from the description of where the source was obtained. If they happen to be the same, that doesn't obviate recording both facts.

In theory, yes.

In practice, in my experience most packages have exactly the same URL (maybe with one path part more or less) in debian/control, debian/copyright and debian/watch.

In my experience it can be hard to actually find upstream source based on info in debian/copyright due to too sloppy referencing!

...sometimes even upstream tarball releases can be hard to locate, but mostly such trouble occur when the Debian package is not based on upstream tarball releases but instead on a VCS snapshot and the VCS hosting isn't prominently advertised upstream.

So I really appreciate when care has been taken to add the relevant subdir or whatever makes that Upstream-Source URL different from the Homepage URL.

IMO Upstream-Source URL should be closer related to URL in debian/watch than to debian/control Homepage URL!


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