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Re: Bug#70269: automatic build fails for potato

On Wed, Aug 30, 2000 at 10:10:27PM +0200, Wichert Akkerman wrote:
> Previously Richard Braakman wrote:
> > I don't know how the decision ended up being made, but the argument
> > I presented at the time is that a dependency on debhelper is far more
> > likely to be versioned than the others are.  A package that makes use
> > of a new feature of debhelper is going to have to declare its own
> > build-depends anyway.

Likewise a package that makes use of a particular feature of dpkg-dev.

But it is listed in the dependancy line of build-essential. What you are
saying is that rather than file bug reports on the (I assume) small set
of packages whic require a particular feature/verion of debhelper it
makes more sense to force everyone who uses it to declare a build-dependancy
upon it.

> <aol>Very much agreed, excellent point</aol>
> Wichert (who has grown very tired of debhelper changes making building
> security fixes a painful job at times)

Presumably you also get just as tired when dpkg-dev changes happen but
the maintainer has not declared a version dependancy, yes?


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