Your message dated Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:44:51 -0700 with message-id <87o9rlx51o....@iris.silentflame.com> and subject line Closing inactive Policy bugs has caused the Debian Bug report #521810, regarding debian-policy: Document user defined fields starting with X- to be marked as done.
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--- Begin Message ---Package: debian-policy Version: 126.96.36.199 Severity: wishlist Please add something along the following lines to the section 5.7 "User defined fields" to the debian policy manual: Usually, unknown fields are iggnored by the debian packaging system. To avoid conflicts of user defined fields with field that may be used by debian in the future, we suggest to use field names starting with X- (so you need to put X[BCS]-X-foo into the control file) which are guaranteed to never conflict with future official fields. That has the added bonus that dpkg-deb will not issue warnings about user defined fields at package build time. -- Mit freundlichen Grüßen / with kind regards Nils Rennebarth, Software Developer -- Funkwerk IP-Appliances GmbH Mönchhaldenstraße 28 D-70191 Stuttgart Tel: +49 711 900300 - 0 Fax: +49 711 900300 - 90 E-Mail: nils.renneba...@funkwerk-ec.com Location: GmbH Neu-Ulm, Local Court Memmingen, HRB 13043 Managing Directors: Michael Marsanu, Steffen Herrmann -------------------------------- The information contained in this e-mail has been carefully researched, but the possibility of it being inapplicable in individual cases cannot be ruled out. We therefore regret that we cannot accept responsibility or liability of any kind whatsoever for the correctness of the information given. Please notify us if you discover that information is inapplicable.
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--- Begin Message ---control: user debian-pol...@packages.debian.org control: usertag -1 +obsolete control: tag -1 +wontfix Russ Allbery and I did a round of in-person bug triage at DebConf17 and we are closing this bug as inactive. The reasons for closing fall into the following categories, from most frequent to least frequent: - issue is appropriate for Policy, there is a consensus on how to fix the problem, but preparing the patch is very time-consuming and no-one has volunteered to do it, and we do not judge the issue to be important enough to keep an open bug around; - issue is appropriate for Policy but there does not yet exist a consensus on what should change, and no recent discussion. A fresh discussion might allow us to reach consensus, and the messages in the old bug are unlikely to help very much; or - issue is not appropriate for Policy. If you feel this bug is still relevant and want to restart the discussion, you can re-open the bug. However, please consider instead opening a new bug with a message that summarises and condenses the previous discussion, updates the report for the current state of Debian, and makes clear exactly what you think should change. A lot of these old bugs have long side tangents and numerous messages, and that old discussion is not necessarily helpful for figuring out what Debian Policy should say today. -- Sean Whitton
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