Bug#198479: general: package coming to sarge before their dependencies : breaks them.
On Mon, Jun 23, 2003 at 01:50:49PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 23, 2003 at 02:25:41PM +0200, Sven Luther wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 23, 2003 at 10:14:05AM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> > > html2ps is broken due to perlmagick, which is still at a perl 5.6
> > > version in testing. This was temporarily necessary because getting perl
> > > 5.8 was more important than waiting for all of perlmagick's
> > > dependencies, which remain very messy and complicated; my notes say that
> > > imagemagick needs the lcms dependency chain, which needs the gdbm
> > > dependency chain, which needs the libsigc++ dependency chain, which
> > > needs the libgc dependency chain. Only the last of those is close to
> > > being ready for testing yet.
> > >
> > > apt-file is broken due to libapt-pkg-perl, which is still at a perl 5.6
> > > version in testing. Again, this was temporarily necessary because perl
> > > 5.8 was more important than waiting for all of libapt-pkg-perl's
> > > dependencies. Right now, apt's release-critical bugs need to be fixed
> > > before new versions of it and libapt-pkg-perl can move into testing.
> > Would the propper solution to this not be to remove the broken packages
> > from testing, until a fixed version is ready to enter testing again from
> > unstable ? This is what we did for the two ocaml packages which did
> > bloc the ocaml transition to testing, and they have now entered testing
> > again without further effort.
> I don't see that this would particularly benefit anyone. In this
> particular case, removing the packages from testing won't help them get
> in any quicker, so people running testing will still be without them.
> Keeping them in gives us a useful marker of what work needs to be done
> following the perl upgrade, IMHO.
I think it is wrong to have packages with broken dependencies in
testing, so it is best to remove it, and the marker you refer to can
anyway be found all the same in the update_output file or any statistic
taken from this.
Anyway, it would be nice to have aj's opinion on this.