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[[!meta title="Debian Policy call for participation -- August 2018"]]
[[!tag  debian-policy]]

Here's a summary of some of the bugs against the Debian Policy Manual.
Please consider getting involved, whether or not you're an existing
contributor.

# Consensus has been reached and help is needed to write a patch

[#228692](https://bugs.debian.org/228692) User/group creation/removal in package maintainer scripts

[#685506](https://bugs.debian.org/685506) copyright-format: new Files-Excluded field

[#759316](https://bugs.debian.org/759316) Document the use of /etc/default for cron jobs

[#761219](https://bugs.debian.org/761219) document versioned Provides

[#767839](https://bugs.debian.org/767839) Linking documentation of arch:any package to arch:all

[#770440](https://bugs.debian.org/770440) policy should mention systemd timers

[#793499](https://bugs.debian.org/793499) The Installed-Size algorithm is out-of-date

[#823256](https://bugs.debian.org/823256) Update maintscript arguments with dpkg >= 1.18.5

[#845715](https://bugs.debian.org/845715) Please document that packages are not allowed to write outside thei...

[#874206](https://bugs.debian.org/874206) allow a trailing comma in package relationship fields

[#902612](https://bugs.debian.org/902612) Packages should not touch users' home directories

[#905453](https://bugs.debian.org/905453) Policy does not include a section on NEWS.Debian files

[#906286](https://bugs.debian.org/906286) repository-format sub-policy

[#907051](https://bugs.debian.org/907051) Say much more about vendoring of libraries


# Wording proposed, awaiting review from anyone and/or seconds by DDs

[#662998](https://bugs.debian.org/662998) stripping static libraries

[#682347](https://bugs.debian.org/682347) mark 'editor' virtual package name as obsolete

[#737796](https://bugs.debian.org/737796) copyright-format: support Files: paragraph with both abbreviated na...

[#756835](https://bugs.debian.org/756835) Extension of the syntax of the Packages-List field.

[#786470](https://bugs.debian.org/786470) [copyright-format] Add an optional “License-Grant” field

[#845255](https://bugs.debian.org/845255) Include best practices for packaging database applications

[#897217](https://bugs.debian.org/897217) Vcs-Hg should support -b too

[#901437](https://bugs.debian.org/901437) Add footnote warning readers
that sometimes shared libaries are not coinstallable

[#904248](https://bugs.debian.org/904248) Add netbase to build-essential