RFU jed 1:0.99.19~pre143-1

Jörg Sommer joerg at alea.gnuu.de
Sun Jun 22 20:19:49 UTC 2008

Hallo Rafael,

Rafael Laboissiere schrieb am Sun 22. Jun, 21:59 (+0200):
> * Jörg Sommer <joerg at alea.gnuu.de> [2008-06-22 21:05]:
> > AFAIK, the failure is X Window with the trailing S. But we can't fix it,
> > because it's a mistake by design.
> What do you mean by "mistake by design"?  In README.Debian there is
> "X-Windows", which is wrong and should be replaced by "X Window" (without
> hyphen and without "s") [1].

I thought the mistake is in this line:
% grep -2 XWINDOWS debian/README.Debian
      In jed.rc do e.g.:

         #ifndef XWINDOWS IBMPC_SYSTEM
         % Fix staircase effect with mouse-pasting in an x-terminal
         setkey("newline", "^M");

But we can't replace the XWINDOWS, because it's a keyword of S‐Lang.

> > The new policy version requests (from
> > /usr/share/doc/debian-policy/upgrading-checklist.txt.gz):
> > 
> >       * If dpkg-source -x doesn't produce source ready for editing and
> >         building with dpkg-buildpackage, packages should include a
> >         debian/README.source file explaining how to generate the patched
> >         source, add a new modification, and remove an existing
> >         modification.  This file may also be used to document packaging a
> >         new upstream release and any other complexity of the Debian build
> >         process.                                                  [4.14]
> >
> > 
> > We can write our own README.source file, but expect that the dpatch
> > package will provide such a file and it's allowed to refer to it. But
> > until we explain the patch system, we can't bump the Standard-Version.
> Sorry, I am lost here.  Once the package will be uploaded, users will be
> able to do "dpkg-source -x ... ; dpkg-buildpackage ..." and it will work.  
> Am I missing something?

But we have to explain how they can add new modifications and remove
existing modifications. I think this change of the policy hits all
packages using a patch system. But please verify this. I'm not sure.

Regards, Jörg.
„Dass man etwas durchdringen kann, wenn man es durchschaut
 hat, ist der Irrtum der Fliege an der Fensterscheibe.“ (Nietzsche)
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