dpkg >= 1.14.6 supports the use of a "Homepage:" field in debian/control. This should replace the Homepage pseudo-field in extended descriptions.

Transition plan

1.A Implement support in APT frontends and libraries:

1.B Adapt developer documentation such as the Developer's Reference:

1.C Add Homepage field to dh-make templates. done

2. Make lintian stop issuing "I: unknown-field-in-control homepage". done

3. Make lintian issue a warning to packages including a homepage in their extended description.done

3a. Document Homepage field usage in Wiki Page HomepageFieldHOWTO. done

3b. Start advertizing the field. Done by Raphaƫl Hertzog in debian-devel-announce. done

4. Add Homepage to Debian Policy Manual. done

5. After some time, announce mass wishlist bug filing on debian-devel-announce. Stefano Zacchiroli has setup A page with counters showing packages using the old pseudo-field and not the new one as well as packages using the new one.

6. After some time, proceed to mass wishlist bug filing.

7. After even more time, change the policy manual to should

8. file yet another round of bugs, now non-wishlist.

This page is based on a message from Christian Perrier to debian-devel and the resulting thread. This page amended by Manoj Srivastava and Christian Perrier.