Ubuntu Policy Manual

Pau Garcia i Quiles pgquiles at elpauer.org
Sun Aug 24 16:25:19 BST 2008

Quoting Colin Watson <cjwatson at ubuntu.com>:

Would it be possible to merge this with upstream? I. e. merge with the  
Debian Policy Manual, thus having the same DPM for both distributions,  
and include Ubuntu-specific annotations. (maybe you have already tried  
this and I didn't work out, I don't know)

Rationale: it looks like most occurrences of "Debian" have been  
replaced with "Ubuntu", which leads to difficult to understand  
policies. For instance, when the Ubuntu Policy Manual says "Ubuntu  
packages" I don't know if it means "Debian packages which are rebuilt  
for Ubuntu" or "Ubuntu-specific packages", so I don't know if it's a  
Ubuntu-specific policy, a modification of the Debian policy, or the  
very same Debian policy which suffered a sed s/Debian/Ubuntu.

> As per the attached mail, I've uploaded a version of the Debian Policy
> Manual customised for Ubuntu. You can see the text here as well as in
> the package:
>   http://people.ubuntu.com/~cjwatson/ubuntu-policy/
> I've also uploaded a Bazaar import of the Debian master branch (thanks
> to bzr-fastimport) and a Bazaar branch corresponding to this Ubuntu
> upload to Launchpad. The latter is owned by ubuntu-core-dev:
>   lp:~ubuntu-core-dev/debian-policy/ubuntu
> There are undoubtedly gaps in this, and in particular there are some
> items from the UDS discussion
> (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS-Intrepid/Report/Platform) that I haven't
> yet captured. I think it should be a good start, though.
> As discussed at UDS, I suggest that we establish a lightweight process
> for making substantive policy changes. The rough consensus at UDS was as
> follows:
>  * Developer posts proposed change (in prose or as a diff) to
>    ubuntu-devel
>  * Discussion thread on ubuntu-devel to establish wording of change
>  * If general consensus is achieved, any core developer other than the
>    original proposer may apply the change (this is to avoid one-man
>    changes to policy)
> Maybe the last point is too strict, and we can just require some number
> of seconds before committing. What do people think? Also,
> non-substantive changes (trivial formatting adjustments, typos, package
> maintenance, etc.) should obviously be allowed without process.
> I also just realised that at UDS people thought this should be called
> ubuntu-policy and the pristine debian-policy should be retained in the
> archive for reference. Oops. Is this important to try to revert somehow?
> We could just refer people to the original by URL.
> Thanks,
> --
> Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]

Pau Garcia i Quiles
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