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

Here's a summary of some of the bugs against the Debian Policy Manual
that are thought to be easy to resolve.

Please consider getting involved, whether or not you're an existing
contributor.

For more information, see our
[README](https://salsa.debian.org/dbnpolicy/policy).

[#152955](https://bugs.debian.org/152955) force-reload should not
start the daemon if it is not running

[#172436](https://bugs.debian.org/172436) BROWSER and sensible-browser
standardization

[#188731](https://bugs.debian.org/188731) Also strip .comment and
.note sections

[#212814](https://bugs.debian.org/212814) Clarify relationship between
long and short description

[#273093](https://bugs.debian.org/273093) document interactions of
multiple clashing package diversions

[#314808](https://bugs.debian.org/314808) Web applications should use
/usr/share/package, not /usr/share/doc/package

[#348336](https://bugs.debian.org/348336) Clarify Policy around shared
configuration files

[#425523](https://bugs.debian.org/425523) Describe error unwind when
unpacking a package fails

[#491647](https://bugs.debian.org/491647) debian-policy: X font policy
unclear around TTF fonts

[#495233](https://bugs.debian.org/495233) debian-policy: README.source
content should be more detailed

[#649679](https://bugs.debian.org/649679) [copyright-format] Clarify
what distinguishes files and stand-alone license paragraphs.

[#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

[#685746](https://bugs.debian.org/685746) debian-policy Consider
clarifying the use of recommends

[#694883](https://bugs.debian.org/694883) copyright-format: please
clarify the recommended form for public domain files

[#696185](https://bugs.debian.org/696185) [copyright-format] Use short
names from SPDX.

[#697039](https://bugs.debian.org/697039) expand cron and init
requirement to check binary existence to other scripts

[#722535](https://bugs.debian.org/722535) debian-policy: To document:
the "Binary-Only" field in Debian changes files.

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

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

[#780725](https://bugs.debian.org/780725) PATH used for building is
not specified

[#794653](https://bugs.debian.org/794653) Recommend use of
dpkg-maintscript-helper where appropriate

[#809637](https://bugs.debian.org/809637) DEP-5 does not support
filenames with blanks

[#824495](https://bugs.debian.org/824495) debian-policy: Source
packages "can" declare relationships

[#833401](https://bugs.debian.org/833401) debian-policy: virtual
packages: dbus-session-bus, dbus-default-session-bus

[#845715](https://bugs.debian.org/845715) debian-policy: Please
document that packages are not allowed to write outside their source
directories

[#850171](https://bugs.debian.org/850171) debian-policy: Addition of
having an 'EXAMPLES' section in manual pages debian policy 12.1

[#853779](https://bugs.debian.org/853779) debian-policy: Clarify
requirements about update-rc.d and invoke-rc.d usage in maintainer
scripts

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