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Re: dpkg-scanpackage is ignoring newwe?

goswin.brederlow@student.uni-tuebingen.de wrote:
> Herbert Xu <herbert@gondor.apana.org.au> writes:
> > Bernd Eckenfels <ecki@lina.inka.de> wrote:
> > 
> > > running dpkg-scanpackage i386 over > Packages
> > 
> > > i get (over is size 0)
> > 
> > >  ! Package msn-transport (filename i386/msn-transport_1.0-2_i386.deb) is
> > > repeat;
> > >    ignored that one and using data from i386/msn-transport_1.0-1_i386.deb !
> > 
> > > which means dpkg-scanpackage is ignoring the -2 in favor of the -1.. why is
> > > this so and what can i do? :)
> > 
> > dpkg-scanpackage just chooses the first one it sees.  You can manually move
> > the old versions out before hand based on the embedded version numbers,
> > but that breaks when you've got epochs.  Have a look at how apt-move handles
> > this.
> Couldn't it be changed so that the newer one will be taken (by date)
> or the versions are compared? Can't be that hard. Putting both in
> should also not make a problem, since you have the problem of multiple
> versions when using stable and unstable as well, so all relevant
> programms should cope with it.

Since I haven't seen a proper answer yet, I'll jump into this dead discussion
four months later...

Wichert said the current dpkg-dev contains dpkg-scanpackages and dpkg-scansources
that behaves properly.  In case you'll have to fix your installed package you'll
find fixes for this at http://www.infodrom.ffis.de/Infodrom/patches/



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