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Bug#508733: marked as done (www.debian.org: No weblinks to project homepages in packages.debian.org)

Your message dated Mon, 15 Dec 2008 00:02:54 +0100
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and subject line Re: Bug#508733: www.debian.org: No weblinks to project homepages in packages.debian.org
has caused the Debian Bug report #508733,
regarding www.debian.org: No weblinks to project homepages in packages.debian.org
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Package: www.debian.org
Severity: wishlist

There are no external web links to the official project home pages of 
package on http://packages.debian.org. I do not see why the Debian 
should obscure the originators of the packages and I do not think that 
there is any rational reason. Without these links you also do not know 
where you can download the current source code without downloading the 
deb file. Furthermore Debian takes credit for the packages/programmes 
without having created them.

Ubuntu for example provides such links (see e. g. 
http://packages.ubuntu.com/intrepid/gnome/abiword) but Debian does not. 
Also other distributions do not provide such links but I think Debian 
could be a pattern to these distributions.

-- System Information:
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Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
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Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)

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On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 09:12:55PM +0000, Adam D. Barratt wrote:
> On Sun, 2008-12-14 at 21:16 +0100, Raphael Frey wrote:
> > There are no external web links to the official project home pages of 
> > each package on http://packages.debian.org.
> There are, but it's up to the package maintainer whether to include the
> information - see http://packages.debian.org/sid/samba for instance.

Statistics show there is a good amount of packages with such a link :

$ zgrep -c "^Homepage:" Sources.gz 
$ zgrep -c "^Package:" Sources.gz 

> Encouraging package maintainers to include upstream information is a
> reasonable goal, but the lack of such information is not a failing in
> packages.debian.org, nor in Debian itself (and, as mentioned, nor is the
> fact that different packages include the information in Debian and
> Ubuntu a point in either's favour or disfavour).

Raphael, on top of Adam's words, you can submit patches for the packages
that miss the "Homepage:" pseudo-field (the one used by
packages.debian.org to create a link to the upstream project).

Maybe a lintian warning would be relevant in order to convince
developpers to use this field.
Though, there are already :

See http://bugs.debian.org/444336 as well.

> In summary, I do not believe there is a bug here.

Me neither :-)

Simon Paillard

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