Re: Bug#213524: marked as done (dpkg: new install-info creates serious breakage, see #213524)
Adam Heath <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> From: Santiago Vila <email@example.com>
>> In the most recent dpkg package, "install-info --version" now shows its
>> output on stdout, not stderr.
>> As a result, this code in /usr/share/automake-1.7/am/texinfos.am
>> does not work as expected anymore:
>> @if (install-info --version && \
>> install-info --version | grep -i -v debian) >/dev/null 2>&1; then list='$(INFO_DEPS)'; \
> I'm not fixing this bug. automake should not be doing what it is
> doing, as it was bound to fail. automake was depending on
> questionable, and wrong behaviour, and it's not surprising it died
> as it has.
Nobody is arguing that the test is not broken and automake1.7 has
already been fixed , however this does not help at all.
There are tons of packages in the archive with the broken test from
automake included that do not invoke automake at build-time, *all* of
these suddenly have a (hidden) rc-bug, only appearing when building on
a system with dpkg >= 1.10.11.
When we are thinking about a release introducing a big number of
rc-bugs to fix a cosmetical issue in dpkg is not acceptable.
PS: Pleae do'nt cc me on replies, I am subscribed to both -devel and
 1.6 hasn't, I have submitted a bug report
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