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Proposal for fixing automake (was Re: State of automake packages)

Hi everyone,

Well I've packaged automake 1.6. It seems Steve Robbins beat me
slightly to the punch (http://people.debian.org/~smr), but I believe
my packages to be superior since it uses debhelper and will
(theoretically) install in parallel to automake 1.4 and 1.5.  

Here are my thoughts on what to do to fix the current automake
packages in sid. For those who don't know, the major problem is that
automake 1.4 and 1.5 have various incompatibilities, and they cannot
be installed side by side. Automake 1.6 and later versions don't
suffer from this problem, since they provide versioned binaries.
Hacking 1.4 and 1.5 to install side by side may be possible, but for
now they conflict.

The first thing that needs to be done is to upgrade the 1.4 and 1.5
packages to their newer upstream versions to hopefully close some
bugs. They should be changed to conflict with each other, but not all
versions of automake. I think /usr/bin/automake should be an
alternative, with automake 1.4 having the highest priority.

What do people think? If there's no serious objections, I'll upload
automake1.6 and start fixing 1.4 and 1.5 once its uploaded. Kevin (the
current automake maintainer) seems unresponsive. Should I NMU them for
now, or actually take them over?

* Jordi Mallach (jordi@debian.org) wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 05, 2002 at 06:31:05PM -0400, Eric Dorland wrote:
> > Well I have plenty of love to give them :) But I'm horribly reluctant
> > to steal any packages out from underneath someone's nose. I suppose
> > I'll email him privately (actually CC him this mail) and if he gives
> > his blessing or does not respond I'll package 1.6. If he is still
> > unresponsive after that is all said and done we can consider him MIA?
> > Do people think that is fair? I'm not actually sure he's MIA, that's
> > just the general sense I'm getting from this thread.
> I'm not sure if I finally mailed Kevin some months back about this. I
> probably forgot, but at least Ivo mailed him recently, no reply still.
> Cowchelon says nothing. The BTS shows no recent activity, but I didn't
> look too carefully.
> Jordi

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