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Re: [opensuse-factory] Tallying the quality of package descriptions

On 05/19/2017 07:02 PM, Michal Kubecek wrote:
On Friday, 19 May 2017 10:55 Stephan Kulow wrote:
Put yourself in a reviewer's shoes for a moment. The rpmlint check
about this summary thing is pretty old - and afaik not even a SUSE
thing, but an upstream check.

Sure - but there was a proposal to promote this warning to an error.
I seriously doubt promoting it to an error would be significanly easier
than dropping it.

Plus it's really easy to fix if you see it. And the fact that packages
are submitted without it being fixed indicates to reviewers that
people ignore rpmlint (and they are right as far as my person is
concerned :).

Yes, easy to fix... Just talking about summary, IIRC it's

- must not end with a period
- must not start with uppercase (or lowercase? Can't remember) letter
- must not start with an article
- must not contain package name (which is funny if it's a common word)
- must not be longer than description (even for subpackages)

Other then the "must not start with an article" which even I as a native
English speaker don't understand, I think these are reasonable, when
loading Yast to search for something the first thing you see is the
package summary so personally I think maintaining reasonable quality
summaries is important. Its also something that


Simon Lees (Simotek)

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