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Re: Bugs in unexpand(1) version 6.10

From: Jim Meyering
Subject: Re: Bugs in unexpand(1) version 6.10
Date: Sat, 30 May 2009 14:31:45 +0200

Mike Frysinger wrote:
> On Wednesday 11 February 2009 13:31:57 Karl Berry wrote:
>>     $ ls --version
>>     ls (GNU coreutils) 6.12
>>     Packaged by ... some distro string here ...
>> That looks like the right place to me.  I'd be tempted to put a blank
>> line between "Packaged by ..." and "Copyright ...".
> the attached patch does this
>> Please include a url to your downstream coreutils package in the distro
>> string.
>> This seems fine, but can we also include the information in --help,
>> which is what we did when we amended the coding standards a few days
>> ago?  For instance, grep 2.5.4 --help ends with:
>>   Report bugs to: address@hidden
>>   GNU Grep home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/grep/>
>>   General help using GNU software: <http://www.gnu.org/gethelp/>
>> I suggest having another line such as
>>   Gentoo Grep home page and bug reports: <http://whatever>
>> between "Report bugs to" and "GNU Grep home page".
>> Perhaps even the address in "Report bugs to:" should be changed also.
>> Perhaps that same line should be used in --version and --help.  I assume
>> we're trying to get across the same information.
> so should this be one or two new options ?
> --with-packager="Gentoo"
> --with-packager-version="some patchset version info"
> --with-packager-bugurl="http://bugs.gentoo.org/";

[I'm reading this message only today(!), after Bruno mentioned the thread.
 Sorry I didn't see it sooner. ]

That looks good.
s/-bugurl/-bug-report/ would permit an email address, too.

> $ ls --version
> ls (GNU coreutils) 6.12
> Packaged by Gentoo (some patchset version info)
> ......
> $ ls --help
> ...
> Report bugs to <address@hidden>.
> GNU coreutils home page: <http://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/>
> Gentoo bug reporting page: <http://bugs.gentoo.org/>
> with the last line looking something like:
> "%s bug reporting page: <%s>\n", PACKAGE_PACKAGER, PACKAGE_PACKAGER_BUGURL,

Maybe slightly more generic,


in case some distro prefers to use an email address,
rather than a URL?

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