Questions tagged [debian-policy]

Debian policy codifies how and what needs to be in place before a package can be uploaded for review to Debian ftp-masters for inclusion in Debian-archive.

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Debian - Rationale for "Recommended" Packages?

Aptitude flagged a package for upgrade recently, and I noticed that a package that was not currently installed was listed as "Recommended." In this case, it was an interesting looking font ...
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Debian changelog file width?

What is the max width in characters of a debian changelog file? I thought it is 80 columns, but I can't find where I had read that. I didn't find the answer in these references (unless I missed it)... ...
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What directory to use in Linux to install python scripts

I have a workflow automation system that uses python scripts to run a workflow defined in them. I'm buiding a deb package and in doubt where to install those scripts. I currently in doubt if I ...
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Specifying Depends correctly in debian/control file

I'm building a runtime-shared-library package libfoo0.deb where 0 here is a major package version and adhering to the naming conventions specified in the Debian policy. The problem is I want to ...
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Activate-noawait ldconfig trigger for runtime library package

I'm reading the Debian policy section on runtime shared library package and came across the following statement: Any package installing shared libraries in one of the default library directories ...
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What is the difference between 'contrib' and 'non-free' packages repositories?

Although I like Debian for various reasons, it is not always easy to find some documentation on specific aspects of this distribution and its policies. My question is: what is the difference between ...
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What is gbp.conf in debian/directory in a package

I heard yesterday about gbp.conf and while installing widelands, and I came across the following: https://tracker.debian.org/news/986137/accepted-widelands-119repack-5-source-into-unstable/ ...
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Can 'NEWS' in a Debian package be made by the packager/maintainer?

I have seen some packages having a separate NEWS file while there are many which don't. AFAIU it, having a NEWS.Debian.gz notes some very important/rare information as well as have possibly news about ...
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