Devuan bug report logs - #629
lintian: false positive: "unknown-field Description" in source package

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Package: lintian; Maintainer for lintian is (unknown); Source for lintian is src:lintian.

Reported by: Hannah Rittich <void@rittich.net>

Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 13:42:02 UTC

Severity: normal

Tags: debian

Found in version 2.109.0~bpo11+1

Done: Mark Hindley <mark@hindley.org.uk>

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From: Hannah Rittich <void@rittich.net>
To: Devuan Bug Tracking System <submit@bugs.devuan.org>
Subject: lintian: false positive: "unknown-field Description" in source package
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 15:34:53 +0200
Package: lintian
Version: 2.109.0~bpo11+1
Severity: normal

Adding a "Description" field in the source section of a control file
will cause lintian to issue the error "source: unknown-field Description".

The Debian Policy Manual [1] states that "in a source or binary control
file, the Description field contains a description of the binary package
[...]". Furthermore, deb-substvars allows to reference the description
field of the source package, using the variables ${source:Synopsis} and
${source:Extended-Description} [2]. Hence, adding a description to a
source package should be allowed. This field can be used to avoid
repetitions in the control file, as done by the abseil package [3],
which displays the said error message [4].

I would suggest to remove this warning for the "Description" field in
the source section.

[1]: 
https://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-controlfields.html#s-f-description
[2]: 
https://manpages.debian.org/bullseye/dpkg-dev/deb-substvars.5.en.html#source:Synopsis
[3]: https://sources.debian.org/src/abseil/0~20200923.3-3/debian/control/
[4]: https://lintian.debian.org/sources/abseil

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Message #10 received at 629@bugs.devuan.org (full text, mbox, reply):

From: Hannah Rittich <void@rittich.net>
To: 629@bugs.devuan.org
Subject: Re: bug#629
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 15:52:35 +0200
Please close. That should have been sent to the Debian BTS.

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Message #15 received at 629@bugs.devuan.org (full text, mbox, reply):

From: Hannah Rittich <void@rittich.net>
To: 629@bugs.devuan.org
Subject: Re: lintian: false positive: "unknown-field Description" in source package
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 16:02:42 +0200
Please close this bug. This should have been sent to the Debian BTS.

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From: Mark Hindley <mark@hindley.org.uk>
To: 629@bugs.devuan.org, 629-done@bugs.devuan.org
Subject: Closing
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 15:31:20 +0100
Control: tags -1 debian

On Sat, Oct 30, 2021 at 03:52:35PM +0200, Where all about bugs in Devuan packages is reported wrote:
> Please close. That should have been sent to the Debian BTS.

Closing.

Mark

Added tag(s) debian. Request was from Mark Hindley <mark@hindley.org.uk> to 629-submit@bugs.devuan.org. (Sat, 30 Oct 2021 14:42:07 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


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