Re: debian/NEWS.Debian / apt-listchanges woes
Thanks for the quick reply.
On 12 March 2005 at 17:04, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
| * Dirk Eddelbuettel <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2005-03-12 10:45]:
| > So the r-gnome binary package becomes an empty shell, and I would like to
| > signal that via a NEWS file (as opposed to a debconf message). However, in
| > my tests, the NEWS file never got displayed by apt-listchanges.
| apt-listchanges is only invoked when you use apt-get to install the
| package. Maybe you were using dpkg to test the upgrade? (At least
| that's what I did once...).
That's a good point. Checking on what wajig(1) does behind the scenes (via
wajig -t $some_command), I see that I did indeed fall into a dpkg-being-used
trap on at least one of the two machines I installed it on.
| Also, NEWS.Debian has to be in the right format. What does yours look
I think copied the format from some doc somewhere:
r-gnome (2.0.1.alpha.20050311-1) experimental; urgency=low
* The experimental and incomplete Gnome UI is no longer included
in the upstream R sources as of the R 2.1.0 release.
Hence, this Debian package is now an empty transition package
which will eventually disappear.
The old code for the R Gnome frontend is still available via
svn co https://svn.r-project.org/R-packages/trunk/gnomeGUI
-- Dirk Eddelbuettel <email@example.com> Thu, 10 Mar 2005 20:21:23 -0600
Ok, so I just did the following
1) Run 'wajig reconfigure apt-listchanges' to ensure apt-listchanges shows
everything, even on versions we've seen before
2) 'wajig purge r-gnome'
3) 'wajig install r-gnome' and verify with -t that this does use apt
I do get NEWS mailed on some of my machines, but am puzzled as to why I don't
see it everywhere.
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