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

On Fri, 23 Mar 2018 at 13:56:09 +0100, Markus Koschany wrote:
> If you were involved in team maintenance you would know that the
> Uploaders field is often completely outdated. The only way you can see
> who maintains a package is by looking at the Git history or upload
> history in tracker.debian.org. We had/have contributors who were
> mentioned as Uploaders in hundreds of packages and now they only can be
> removed by uploading a new package.

Or, alternatively, you work around the current d/control arrangement like
the GNOME team does, and auto-generate the Uploaders at upload-time from a
list of team members and the most recent uploaders in the changelog, which
to be honest seems fairly pointless: consumers of this information typically
have access to the changelog and can equally well see who uploaded the
package for themselves.

(I don't recommend going this route: it's fighting against generic
packaging infrastructure assumptions like "d/control is its own source

> Well, you can adjust Lintian in a way to check the web service for the
> information which was formerly present in debian/control and get all the
> warnings and errors people like

By design, Lintian can't actually do this (it looks at individual
packages in isolation), but a Lintian-like service definitely could
(like the way we now get warnings on tracker.d.o or on UDD about
Multi-arch fields, duplicated data files, failing uscan runs, and similar
external-to-the-package issues that Lintian cannot check).