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Bug#896696: lintian: please improve tag description to explain that python 2 modules are only questioned on 1st upload

package: lintian
severity: wishlist
x-debbugs-cc: debian-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

On Mon, Apr 23, 2018 at 06:33:20PM +0100, Chris Lamb wrote:
> For example, I think Holger is interpreting this particular tag as
> "this source package is shipping a Python 2.x" module. This is not
> the case. 
> Rather, Lintian detects that this is the *initial* upload of the
> source package and, if so, asks the maintainer just to double-check
> that there is any requirement for it.
> If there is such a need, the maintainer just needs to add a short,
> quick justification in the initial changelog entry and Lintian will
> then be silent on the matter.
> It is thus not asking maintainers to drop Python 2 support…

Then the lintian message should be appended to say this only happens on
the first upload.


> As there can only be one initial upload by definition, adding an
> override here is not only a little silly given that it will trigger
> an "unused override" warning on the next upload, it can simply be
> avoided in the changelog entry as previously discussed, which 
> implicitly serves as some documentation too.

Maybe it's also worth pointing this out.

> (This talk of overrides was why I believe Holger is accidentally
> confusing the tag.)
Yes. And because the tag description needs improving. ;)


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