You can tell from the symbols on this website how important packaging hints are.
This page explains the meanings.
The displayed message indicates a policy violation or a packaging error.
For a policy violations, Lintian usually cite a relevant document.
The displayed message is probably a policy violation or a packaging error.
Sometimes, these checks produce false positives.
The displayed message is probably of interest to the package maintainer.
It may not indicate a shortcoming but is often worth investigating.
Many people either disagree with these conditions or find them super-picky or simply unhelpful.
Please expect false positives. It may not be worth to install an override.
The condition that generates this messages is either not well-tested, or may sometimes produce unexpected results.
Feel free to ignore these messages, but bug reports are welcome.
Lintian applied a categorical exemption to a class of packages.
For more information, please have a look at the screen that installed the mask.
The package maintainer installed an override because Lintian was not helpful.
This usually indicates a false positive. You may find a justification nearby.
These tags are for research. They are generally not shown to the public.
Most people access them via our query interface.