Introduction and a couple of questions

Benjamin Drung bdrung at
Mon Feb 15 23:50:30 GMT 2010

Am Montag, den 15.02.2010, 18:43 -0500 schrieb Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre:
> Benjamin,
> On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 6:19 PM, Benjamin Drung <bdrung at> wrote:
> [...]
> >
> > I use this one:
> >
> > lintian -IE --pedantic --color=auto <source package>*.changes
> >
> Thanks for bringing it up, I had forgotten that lintian could give
> colored reports :)
> To be entirely truthful, I also use --pedantic... I figured it was a
> little misleading if starting out though - I thought there were some
> things reported which one should probably not worry too much about,
> and I am proved wrong.
> For example:
> P: colormath source: direct-changes-in-diff-but-no-patch-system LICENSE
> P: colormath: no-upstream-changelog
> I certainly can't say that either should never be fixed, but they're a
> little tricky. In this particular case, LICENSE shouldn't be added in
> the source, and it's a very valid issue. However, I find that
> no-upstream-changelog is very frequent. The latter is probably not a
> blocker for uploading, but both require upstream intervention more
> than a change in the packaging itself.

That's why it is called pedantic. pedantic shouldn't be a blocker.
no-upstream-changelog is the only pedantic tag that I ignore in most

Benjamin Drung
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