[Firmware-dev] pxml descriptions tag

Simon Ruggier simon80 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 7 19:03:56 CEST 2011

FWIW, Debian package descriptions[1] and Git commit messages both
treat the first line like a short description and the rest like a long
description. The PND spec could explain this convention in the
documentation for the description field, and leave it at that.

[1] http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-controlfields.html#s-f-Description

On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 12:10 PM, Randy Heydon
<randy.heydon at clockworklab.net> wrote:
> PNDstore dev here.  I'm generally in favour of not changing specs
> unless we really have to.  In this case, I think a package manager's
> heuristics would be really easy: when needing to show a brief
> description (as with apt-get search), just use the first x characters
> of the first line of the description; when showing the whole thing
> makes sense (as with apt-get show), show the whole thing.
> Yes, some packages, like the one linked earlier, will not work very
> well with this approach.  But there will always be some people who
> misuse any spec.  I don't think that making the spec a little more
> explicit is worth forcing everyone to change how they write PXMLs yet
> again, even if it is a small change, since most packages will work
> just fine with this approach.  Furthermore, devs will eventually
> realize what description format works best for showing their packages.
> Well, maybe not yet.  PNDstore doesn't even show descriptions yet, and
> I'm currently busy with other things, so I'm not changing it now.  But
> eventually!
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