Title: Per-package machine-readable metadata about Upstream DEP: 12 State: DRAFT Date: 2014-02-23 Drivers: Charles Plessy <email@example.com>, Andreas Tille <firstname.lastname@example.org> URL: http://dep.debian.net/deps/dep12 Source: http://anonscm.debian.org/viewvc/dep/web/deps/dep12.mdwn Abstract: The source package control files and some of their derivatives are currently used to document the URL of the home page of the work that is packaged ("upstream"). However, this approach is hard to extend to other information describing upstream, because the size of the control files has to be limited according to the limited power of some systems running Debian. . We propose a new file in the source packages, debian/upstream/metadata, formatted in YAML to hold arbitrary information about upstream, for instance the URL to a donation page, bibliographic information about publications describing the upstream work, the URL to the upstream sources, etc. . The scope of this DEP is the format of the debian/upstream/metadata file, and the specification of the most frequent fields. The flow of information from the source packages to data providers such as the UDD is not specified here. Please refer to http://wiki.debian.org/UpstreamMetadata for more information on that subject. . Discussion takes place on the debian-qa mailing list.
Work in progress
The format of the
metadata file is being described on
http://wiki.debian.org/UpstreamMetadata. Following the progress of the
discussion on the debian-qa mailing list, implementation details that made
consensus will be transferred here.
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- Thu, 3 Jan 2013: announce on debian-project
- Sun, 23 Feb 2014: The location of the metadata file was moved from