Bug#530639: dh-make-perl: watch file should ignore development releases
The watch file generated by dh-make-perl seems to allow development versions
(i.e. _XX in the version string).
I believe the default behavior should ignore these releases for a few reasons:
1) They are not indexed by PAUSE; development versions do not affect the CPAN
indices used by CPAN/CPANPLUS clients. To that effect, attempting to install a
module via the standard "cpan Foo::Bar" idiom will never hit a development release.
2) Development versions are generally not meant for mass distribution. They are
sent to CPAN as "Release Candidates" or even "preview" releases. They often
include untested code, and sometimes code which can break backwards compatibility.
For the reasons mentioned about these releases do not make good candidates for
debian packaging and should be ignored by the watch file.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
APT prefers testing
APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-2-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_CA.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_CA.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Versions of packages dh-make-perl depends on:
ii debhelper 7.2.8 helper programs for debian/rules
ii dpkg-dev 1.14.26 Debian package development tools
ii fakeroot 1.12.2 Gives a fake root environment
ii libapt-pkg-perl 0.1.23 Perl interface to libapt-pkg
ii libclass-accessor-perl 0.33-1 Automated accessor generator
ii libemail-date-format-perl 1.002-1 Module to generate RFC-2822-valid
ii libmodule-corelist-perl 2.17-1 what modules shipped with versions
ii libmodule-depends-perl 0.14-3 identify the dependencies of a dis
ii libtie-ixhash-perl 1.21-2 ordered associative arrays for Per
ii libwww-mechanize-perl 1.54-2 module to automate interaction wit
ii libyaml-perl 0.68-1 YAML Ain't Markup Language (tm)
ii make 3.81-5 The GNU version of the "make" util
ii perl 5.10.0-22 Larry Wall's Practical Extraction
ii perl-modules [libmodule-corel 5.10.0-22 Core Perl modules
Versions of packages dh-make-perl recommends:
ii apt-file 2.2.2 search for files within Debian pac
ii perl-modules [libmodule-build 5.10.0-22 Core Perl modules
dh-make-perl suggests no packages.
-- no debconf information