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Re: If you can't describe what the package is, you probably should not Intend To Package it.




Ian Jackson <ijackson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> Adam Borowski writes ("Re: If you can't describe what the package is, you probably should not Intend To Package it."):
>> On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 12:17:29PM -0600, Gunnar Wolf wrote:
>> > Maybe adding a note stating 'this content is autogenerated and should
>> > be hand-reviewed', in all of the dh-make-*-enerated packages, would
>> > help?
>> 
>> Especially when paired with an autoreject, yes.
>
> Maybe as well as a stick, a carrot or at least some words that might
> suggest useful things to wrote:
>
>   [ delete as (in)applicable: This package is part of XXX system /
>   used by XXX / needed as a build-dependency of XXX ]

As well as that, one could suggest that people add a paragraph about why
they wish the software to be packaged (as a comment that will not appear
in the uploaded package) and/or something about themselves if they're
new to creating packages -- It seems to me that they're more likely to
get useful feedback that way.

Also I suspect that some of the people creating recent ITPs are unaware
that their efforts are going to be forwarded to debian-devel to be read
by thousands, and will also be searchable in the BTS forever with their
name on it (along with any comments provoked -- positive or negative).

Some sort of warning to that effect might make devoting a little more
effort seem worthwhile.

BTW in the case of the node-* packages, I think they're being generated
by 'npm2deb'.

Cheers, Phil.
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