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Wpossible-debconf-note-abuse

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.113.26. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.113.0 release tag in our Git repository.

You can find the detection logic for this version at commit 43a81d7. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check debian/debconf.

Visibility: warning

Debconf notes should be used only for important notes that the user really should see, since debconf will go to great pains to make sure the user sees it.

Displaying a note with a low priority is conflicting with this statement, since using a low or medium priority shows that the note is not important.

The right fix is NOT to increase the priority of the note, but to move it somewhere else in the inline documentation, for example in a README.Debian file for notes about package usability or NEWS.Debian for changes in the package behavior, or to simply drop it if it is not needed (e.g. "welcome" notes). Changing the templates type to "error" can also be appropriate, such as for input validation errors.

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The following 4 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 4 times (in any Lintian version).

We found 2 overrides. The tag performed 50% of the time.