Bug#633858: -v not as safe as it sounds

Dmitry Bogatov KAction at debian.org
Mon Jul 15 15:45:43 BST 2019

control: tags -1 +patch

[2019-01-31 17:25] Jesse Smith <jsmith at resonatingmedia.com>
> I think the manual page is correct and the flag is documented as
> expected. The -v command only turns on verbose messages, it doesn't do
> anything else, as documented in the man page. This bug can probably be
> closed as there doesn't seem to be anything here to fix.

What about this patch?

 * Patch makes it clear that option only about regular operation of

   To my reading (non-native), "currently going on" is about things that
   are happening, whether I am involved or not.

 * Provides information on where these messages are going to.

diff --git a/insserv.8.in b/insserv.8.in
index f405cfd..cc84da9 100644
--- a/insserv.8.in
+++ b/insserv.8.in
@@ -262,7 +262,7 @@ grouped into one starting or stopping order.
 Currently the following options are recognized by insserv:
 .BR \-v ,\  \-\-verbose
-Write out what is currently going on.
+Perform operation with more diagnotic messages printed on stderr.
 .BR \-c\ <config> ,\  \-\-config\ <config>
 Specify path to the insserv.conf file and the insserv.conf.d

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