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Re: (newbie) correct way to update versions for bpo

thanks bruno, and thanks daniel.

bruno you answered my follow-up question to daniel.

like a goose i was building on the unchanged .dsc file in the parent directory because that was the only one i could find. running dpkg-buildpackage works in the source tree (as per daniel's explanation), and after creating a new .dsc file, i can also use cowbuilder, which is what i wanted to do.

On 06/11/2020 10:00, bruno zanetti wrote:
> Il giorno gio 5 nov 2020 alle ore 20:29 mousebot <mousebot@disroot.org> ha
> scritto:
>> hi backporters,
>> i'm a debian user learning (trying) how to help out with packaging some
>> (simple) backports.
>> i have done a full test process, building using cowbuilder, with a package
>> from testing, and uploaded it to mentors.debian.net. but i'm unsure how
>> to change the version information correctly so that it actually appears as
>> a backport. when my build is uploaded it doesn't have a ~bpo suffix and is
>> listed as being in unstable.
>> the docs at https://wiki.debian.org/BuildingFormalBackports#Using_pbuilder
>> are apparently outdated/unreliable, and the backporting contribute page (
>> https://backports.debian.org/Contribute/#index4h3) only says:
>> " Please don't use unstable or stable as target distribution. Append
>> "~bpo${release}+${build}" to the version number, e.g. "1.2-3" becomes
>> "1.2-3~bpo10+1" (or use dch --bpo). "
>> i ran dcu --bpo before building, and saved the changelog file, but it
>> seems to have no effect on the actual build. none of the debian metadata
>> files show ~bpo in the version. are there other things i need to do / am i
>> missing a (glaring) step in the process? sorry for my fumbling but the
>> process seems still pretty opaque to me after lots of reading.
>> all best.
>> m
> I guess the missing piece here is building the new *source* package
> backport version with:
>  dpkg-source -b .
> right after dch --bpo and before running pbuilder/cowbuilder on the new
> .dsc file which should have ~bpo10+1 in its name.
> The above is not required if you use debuild or dpkg-buildpackage instead
> but notice that this way your package will be built in your current
> environment and not in a clean chroot so i would not recommend it for a
> formal backport.
> Hope it helps.
> Regards
> BZ

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