Bug#615415: libdata-walk-perl: please use Homepage field to point to upstream homepage

zack at debian.org zack at debian.org
Sat Feb 26 10:16:31 UTC 2011

Package: libdata-walk-perl
Severity: minor
User: debian-qa at lists.debian.org
Usertags: homepage-field

[ This is an automated bug report, part of the mass bug filing discussed
  at <http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2011/02/msg00367.html>. The
  submitter is Stefano Zacchiroli, reachable at <zack at debian.org>. ]

According to lintian, libdata-walk-perl uses its long description
to point to upstream homepage, following an old Developer's Reference
recommendation. That practice has various drawbacks, including the
inability to automatically process homepage information from
package-related services such as packages.d.o, the PTS, etc. Starting
from version 1.14.6, dpkg supports Homepage: as a regular field in
debian/control. You can check Debian Policy § 5.6.23 for more information

Please remove the deprecated pseudo header from the long description of
libdata-walk-perl and turn it into a regular debian/control field.

In case of multiple binary packages, doing so would also allow to factor
out homepage information into the source stanza of debian/control,
instead of repeating it in each binary stanza.


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