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[[!meta title="Debian Policy call for participation -- Febuary 2019"]]
[[!tag  debian-policy]]

Here's are some of the bugs against the Debian Policy Manual.  Please
consider getting involved.

- [More bugs, organised by difficulty, here](https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?dist=unstable;ordering=by-complexity;package=debian-policy)

- [Our guide to contribution](https://salsa.debian.org/dbnpolicy/policy/blob/master/README.md)

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

[#542288](https://bugs.debian.org/542288) Versions for native packages, NMU's, and binary only uploads

[#556015](https://bugs.debian.org/556015) Clarify requirements for linked doc directories

[#578597](https://bugs.debian.org/578597) Recommend usage of dpkg-buildflags to initialize CFLAGS and al.

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

[#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

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

[#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

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

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

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

[#910548](https://bugs.debian.org/910548) base-files - please consider adding /usr/share/common-licenses/Unic...

[#919507](https://bugs.debian.org/919507) Policy contains no mention of /var/run/reboot-required

[#920692](https://bugs.debian.org/920692) Packages must not install files or directories into /var/cache

# Merged for the next release

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

[#917431](https://bugs.debian.org/917431) virtual packages: logind, default-logind

[#920355](https://bugs.debian.org/920355) Permit branch specifications ("-b") in Mercurial Vcs-Hg headers

[#921963](https://bugs.debian.org/921963) add link to https://jenkins.debian.net/userContent/debian-policy in...