Re: What warrants a non-maintainer release number?
Christian Schwarz <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> ``Whenever the source package is changed WRT to the last uploaded
> version, its version number has to be incremented. In addition,
> if the source package is not changed but the binary package
> changed (because it has been recompiled in another environment),
> the version number has to be incremented too (this is, the source
> package has to be changed and uploaded again) to make sure
> dpkg/dselect recognizes the changed package.''
I completely disagree with the last sentence. If I compile xfree for
m68k and because of a broken ldd, it has hosed dependencies (this is
not so fictional an example, it actually happened with ncurses), I
should be able to recompile X with a different version number and
*only upload binaries*. What would redoing and uploading the source
get me or anyone else?
o it takes 5 days to compile X on my machine, I don't even want to
think how long it would take dpkg-source to work on a 42 Mb source
o it would spark off 100% pointless recompiles on other architectures.
o it serves no purpose. The only source change is to the changelog,
and that is included in the deb. And it doesn't help the rational
of this policy (that is: source, or no source, dpkg/dselect will
still recognise foo_1.2-1.0.1 to be newer than fo_1.2-1).
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