Re: New lintian warning: vcs-deprecated-in-debian-infrastructure
- Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 10:22:52 +1100
- From: Ben Finney <bignose@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: New lintian warning: vcs-deprecated-in-debian-infrastructure
Markus Koschany <apo@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> Am 22.03.2018 um 15:40 schrieb Guillem Jover:
> > I'd very strongly object to completely moving those fields out of
> > the source packages [&.3] I'll happily take outdated data than no
> > data any day, because usually you can use that outdated data to
> > trace your way to the current one, not so if it's missing.
> You need online access to make use of the above information in any
That's not true; you are incorrect in thinking that exhausts the common
uses of that information. For example:
> If you want to contact the maintainer you need internet access
With the maintainer email address, I do not need internet access to
compose an email message. Without that information I can't.
> if you want to visit the upstream homepage you need internet access
With the upstream home page URL, I do not need internet access to
bookmark a URL. Without that URL I can't.
So, there are plenty of uses for information that do not require
internet access *at the time of using* the information.
Yes, some uses do require internet access; that doesn't eliminate all
usefulness of the information.
So, I concur with Guillem: This information is closely tied to the
source package, and the source package becomes less useful (lack of
imagination notwithstanding :-) by taking that information away from the
There may be good arguments for removing that information from the
source package. But let's dispose now of the “it's no use” claim;
that's simply false, so some other justification will be needed.
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