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has caused the Debian Bug report #521810,
regarding debian-policy: Document user defined fields starting with X-
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Package: debian-policy
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.


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control: user
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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