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Bug#213348: developers-reference: Binary-only NMU and dependencies

Package: developers-reference
Version: 3.3.3
Severity: wishlist


I remarked that some binary-only NMU are breaking packages by making
them uninstallable. The problem occurs when a source package generate
more than one binary package, a few architecture dependant and a few
architecture independant, with strict dependenciess between them, ie 
using $(Source-Version).

If a binary-only NMU is done, the architecture dependant packages have
a different version than the architecture independant one. In that case,
binary-only NMU should be avoided, instead, the maintainer should be
asked to upload a new version.

Thus I propose the add the following paragraph to the Debian Developer's
Reference, section

  ... available one).

  You have to make sure that doing a binary-only NMU won't render the
  package uninstallable. It could occur when a source package generates
  both architecture dependant and independant packages that depend on
  each other through $(Source-Version). In the later case, you may
  consider doing a source NMU.

  Despite ...

(Don't hesitate to fix my grammar/spelling in this paragraph, English 
is not my native language).


-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux pc.aurel32 2.4.22 #1 mer sep 17 20:55:21 CEST 2003 i686
Locale: LANG=fr_FR, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR (ignored: LC_ALL set to fr_FR@euro)

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