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Bug#958352: xfig: autopkgtest needs update for new version of debhelper: hidden problem

Source: xfig
Version: 1:3.2.7b-2
Severity: serious
X-Debbugs-CC: debian-ci@lists.debian.org, debhelper@packages.debian.org
Tags: sid bullseye
User: debian-ci@lists.debian.org
Usertags: needs-update
Control: affects -1 src:debhelper

Dear maintainer(s),

With a recent upload of debhelper the autopkgtest of xfig fails in
testing when that autopkgtest is run with the binary packages of
debhelper from unstable. It passes when run with only packages from
testing. In tabular form:

                       pass            fail
debhelper              from testing    13
xfig                   from testing    1:3.2.7b-2
all others             from testing    from testing

I copied some of the output at the bottom of this report. I don't spot
anything in there, you may want to avoid redirecting to /dev/null during

Currently this regression is blocking the migration of debhelper to
testing [1]. Of course, debhelper shouldn't just break your autopkgtest
(or even worse, your package), but it seems to me that the change in
debhelper was intended and your package needs to update to the new

If this is a real problem in your package (and not only in your
autopkgtest), the right binary package(s) from debhelper should really
add a versioned Breaks on the unfixed version of (one of your)
package(s). Note: the Breaks is nice even if the issue is only in the
autopkgtest as it helps the migration software to figure out the right
versions to combine in the tests.

More information about this bug and the reason for filing it can be found on


[1] https://qa.debian.org/excuses.php?package=debhelper


autopkgtest [01:32:00]: test xfig-testsuite: [-----------------------
Running autoconf
Running dh_auto_configure
Building required test programs
Running testsuite
/bin/bash './testsuite' AUTOTEST_PATH='/usr/bin'
## ----------------------- ##
## xfig 3.2.7b test suite. ##
## ----------------------- ##

Rudimentary tests

  1: Report version                                  ok
  2: Validate desktop file                           ok

Integration tests

  3: ignore too many comment lines, ticket #47       ok

Unit tests

  4: Allow coordinates equal to INT_MIN              FAILED
  5: Test round_coords()                             FAILED

## ------------- ##
## Test results. ##
## ------------- ##

ERROR: All 5 tests were run,
2 failed unexpectedly.
## -------------------------- ##
## testsuite.log was created. ##
## -------------------------- ##

Please send `tests/testsuite.log' and all information you think might help:

   To: <thomas.loimer@tuwien.ac.at>
   Subject: [xfig 3.2.7b] testsuite: 4 5 failed

You may investigate any problem if you feel able to do so, in which
case the test suite provides a good starting point.  Its output may
be found below `tests/testsuite.dir'.

make: *** [Makefile:618: installcheck-local] Error 1
autopkgtest [01:32:05]: test xfig-testsuite: -----------------------]
autopkgtest [01:32:05]: test xfig-testsuite:  - - - - - - - - - -
results - - - - - - - - - -
xfig-testsuite       FAIL stderr: ERROR: All 5 tests were run,

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