Bug#200423: [Build-common-hackers] Bug#200423: lintian: CDBS interaction - outdated autotools-dev files

Colin Watson cjwatson@debian.org
Tue, 8 Jul 2003 19:44:08 +0100

On Wed, Jul 09, 2003 at 04:05:02AM +1000, Andrew Lau wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 08, 2003 at 06:00:49AM -0400, Colin Walters wrote:
> > I don't think lintian or linda should change; the lintian/linda warnings
> > remind you to remind upstream to update those files, which they really
> > should do.
> Perhaps CDBS could provide a (non-default) option to autogenerate
> Lintian and Linda overrides in this case?

Ugh. IMHO overrides should always be added by humans; having things
start autogenerating them will make them too trivial to apply and thus
make the results useless. See also #109642.

Remember that the world will not fall on your head because you've left
in some lintian warnings. They're more like reminders to you than black
marks. It's OK for you to say "I can't fix this yet so I'm going to
ignore lintian for now", but overrides are more like "I can't fix this
yet so I'm going to ignore lintian forever".


Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]