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Author: Hannah Rittich
To: Devuan Bug Tracking System
Subject: [devuan-dev] bug#629: lintian: false positive: "unknown-field Description" in source package
Package: lintian
Version: 2.109.0~bpo11+1
Severity: normal

Adding a "Description" field in the source section of a control file
will cause lintian to issue the error "source: unknown-field Description".

The Debian Policy Manual [1] states that "in a source or binary control
file, the Description field contains a description of the binary package
[...]". Furthermore, deb-substvars allows to reference the description
field of the source package, using the variables ${source:Synopsis} and
${source:Extended-Description} [2]. Hence, adding a description to a
source package should be allowed. This field can be used to avoid
repetitions in the control file, as done by the abseil package [3],
which displays the said error message [4].

I would suggest to remove this warning for the "Description" field in
the source section.

[3]: https://sources.debian.org/src/abseil/0~20200923.3-3/debian/control/
[4]: https://lintian.debian.org/sources/abseil