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Bug#388986: marked as done (xapple2: [annoying_notes] Abuse of debconf note(s))

Your message dated Fri, 20 Oct 2006 07:47:24 -0700
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and subject line Bug#388986: fixed in apple2 0.7.4-5
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Package: xapple2
Version: N/A
Severity: normal


As announced in
http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/09/msg00630.html, this bug
report is part of a mass bug filing campaign about the "abuse" of
debconf templates of type "note".

First of all, in case you fixed you package in the short timeframe
that happned between my announcement and this bug report, please
accept my apologies and, of course, feel free to ask me to close the
bug report...or just close it yourself.

One or more template(s) has/have been identified in xapple2 
debconf templates and an automated analysis mentions that it/they is/are
displayed to users at low or medium priority.

The debconf-devel(7) manpage makes it clear that the "note" type should
be used only for important notes that the user really should see.

On the other hand, the "low" priority is meant for very trivial items
that have defaults that will work in the vast majority of
cases. The "medium" priority is meant for normal items
that have reasonable defaults.

As such, a note should only be used for IMPORTANT stuff, so actually
all debconf notes should be priority high....or should not exist.

Please consider one of the following options:

- move the text of the debconf note to the README.Debian file. The drawback
  is that the text will not be translatable anymore, which will be worked
  in the future. However, given that your note is very rarely displayed,
  this is indeed not a very strong drawback

- move the text to NEWS.Debian. This option should however rather be
  reserved for future texts of the same kind as the contents of this file
  is only displayed when users upgrade the package

- change the template type to "error" in case this note is meant to be
  displayed only in some cases when a problem shows up during execution of
  the maintainer's scripts. Please check debconf-devel(7) for details

- raise the priority to "high". This should be the last option to consider.
  It should be used only in cases where you judge that the information you
  display is VITAL for users of your package and that one could NOT USE IT
  if not reading the note.

A dedicated check will be proposed to the lintian and linda package
maintainers so that future uses of low and medium priority note
templates will be discouraged in the future. So, if you wish you
package to be lintian-clean, then you need to fix this..:-)

Template(s) identified in your package:

  xapple2 -- config:8 xapple2/suid

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.17-2-686
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set to fr_FR.UTF-8)

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Source: apple2
Source-Version: 0.7.4-5

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
apple2, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive:

  to pool/contrib/a/apple2/apple2_0.7.4-5.diff.gz
  to pool/contrib/a/apple2/apple2_0.7.4-5.dsc
  to pool/contrib/a/apple2/apple2_0.7.4-5_i386.deb
  to pool/contrib/a/apple2/xapple2_0.7.4-5_i386.deb

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to 388986@bugs.debian.org,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Clint Adams <schizo@debian.org> (supplier of updated apple2 package)

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Format: 1.7
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 16:23:42 +0200
Source: apple2
Binary: apple2 xapple2
Architecture: source i386
Version: 0.7.4-5
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Debian QA Group <packages@qa.debian.org>
Changed-By: Clint Adams <schizo@debian.org>
 apple2     - Apple ][ Emulator
 xapple2    - Apple ][ Emulator
Closes: 377966 388986
 apple2 (0.7.4-5) unstable; urgency=medium
   * QA Upload
   * Bump Standards-Version to 3.7.2.
   * Move debconf note to README.Debian.  closes: #377966, #388986.
   * Remove associated debconf detritus.
   * Change debhelper compat level to 4, and make relevant
     changes to rules file.
 db458f17376754372785122de3569edb 629 contrib/otherosfs optional apple2_0.7.4-5.dsc
 307e05a810f10cacee73131c305a0c0e 5087 contrib/otherosfs optional apple2_0.7.4-5.diff.gz
 18b8614b43a04e59ab536d1eb7e5d531 164912 contrib/otherosfs optional apple2_0.7.4-5_i386.deb
 227e1899e75bb8fcfa80ae2bb177e1d6 65428 contrib/otherosfs optional xapple2_0.7.4-5_i386.deb

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