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Re: New lintian warning: vcs-deprecated-in-debian-infrastructure

On Thu, 2018-03-22 at 15:40 +0100, Guillem Jover wrote:
> Hi!
> On Thu, 2018-03-22 at 12:47:44 +0200, Lars Wirzenius wrote:
> > On Thu, 2018-03-22 at 09:58 +0100, Andreas Tille wrote:
> > > I admit I do not agree with this and it was discussed here before.  Can
> > > we please agree that anonscm.debian.org remains a valid URL and stop
> > > starting another round of package uploads for the sake of changing Vcs
> > > fields.
> > I'm repeating myself, but could we please find another way to store
> > this information than in the source package? I'd like to see all of
> > the following stored somewhere else than the source package:
> > * Maintainer, Uploaders
> > * Vcs-*
> > * Homepage
> > * debian/watch
> > 
> > Possibly also Section and Priority.
> I'm not sure now if this also has been said before, but I'm happy to
> repeat it in any case. :) I'd very strongly object to completely moving
> those fields out of the source packages, because it means when you get
> or have a source package lying around then it's missing important
> metadata and it stops being standalone, which would require checking
> somewhere online, and you might first need to infer which distro/repo
> was this coming from. I'll happily take outdated data than no data any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 day, because usually you can use that outdated data to trace your way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.

Yes, there should be a reference to the distribution.  Just one
reference per package, e.g. https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/foo for any
official Debian binary package.  And that should be enforced by a
lintian check on upload, and only need updating if the source package
is renamed.


Ben Hutchings
This sentence contradicts itself - no actually it doesn't.

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