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Re: testing, unstable, and dependencies

On Thu, 6 Feb 2003, Brian May wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 06, 2003 at 09:09:48AM +0100, Marcelo E. Magallon wrote:
> >  Modulo the random package wanting the latest and greatest version of
> >  debhelper... which is, to say the least, a lot of fun to get going on
> >  on a testing system.  Not undoable, but certainly baffling if you don't
> >  have working expirience at building debian packages.
> >
> >  There's a lovely circular dependency waiting for you there...
> Typically I would attack this problem by simply removing the versioned
> depends on debhelper, and seeing what breaks when I do so.

But generally it would be better attacked if developers would care
for flexibility. Packages should at least be compilable
on testing and unstable whenever possible. I see tendencies going in
the other direction, and I consider this as really bad.


> Sometimes I have had to hack packages not to build stuff I don't need,
> for instances, the info documentation for coreutils won't build with
> texinfo on stable, so I disabled it ;-).
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> Brian May <bam@debian.org>
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