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Re: [directory-discuss] Directory import project: what are the keys?

From: Ian Kelling
Subject: Re: [directory-discuss] Directory import project: what are the keys?
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:16:37 -0700
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David Seaward <address@hidden> writes:

> Hi,
> I don't have time to volunteer for the import project, but I am curious
> to know how it fits into the world of packaging and distros. I
> occasionally use FSD page names as a key (aka primary key) for
> free/libre packages, and I wanted to check if this actually makes any
> sense.
> Does FSF/FSD consider an FSD page to be the canonical reference for
> that package. Rather than, say, the Guix or Debian package page. (Which
> isn't to say it could get out of date.)
> Of course the **ultimate** point of reference remains, for
> example :)
> Regards,
> David

I don't think FSD or FSF has a policy on canonical names, but my
impression is it's best for FSD to get package names from upstream, and
sometimes we use sources like Debian for the import project because it
can be done with automation. And, I think the FSD prefers to use
something closer to the source package name in debian, which is closer
to the upstream name, which can split into multiple installable debian

Ian Kelling | Senior Systems Administrator, Free Software Foundation
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