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Re: mess in BTS

Hi Andrea,

Andrea Mennucc wrote:

> my source package has this web page in BTS 
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?src=libppd where you see
> there are 4 bugs listed (resolved)
> but then there is this web page 
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?pkg=libppd


> -) where it says  ``refer to the libppd package page'' there is an
> useless link    http://packages.debian.org/libppd

This is indeed true and someone ought to remove the useless link, or
maybe instead point it to http://packages.qa.debian.org/libppd .


> what is the meaning of this latter web page?

I guess it gives porters a place to file bugs like FTBFS that aren't
specific to a binary package, only to the source package.  (This is IMO
since I've never seen a discussion on this before.)

> how come some bugs (such as the FTBFS bug) are appended to this page?
>  and some other bugs are not?

Because the bugs went to the package page against which they were filed?
Apparently if you have a source package "foo" producing binary packages
"bar" and "baz", the BTS recognizes "Package: foo" as well as the latter

> (this is the gravest fact of all: people checking 
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?pkg=libppd would fail to
> see bugs on their source packages)

That's why you should instead check
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?src=libppd  :-)

> (*) ps: currently 
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?src=snmpkit and 
> http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?pkg=snmpkit show
> identical lists; I had not time to investigate how many other
> packages suffer from the same situation; if someone reads this e-mail
> and knows of a source package that has no binary package by the same
> name, please check it

Probably this "situation" is the case for all source packages that do
not produce a binary package of the same name, but for which porters
have filed bugs against the source package.  It was true for my
multi-binary source package cernlib (before I introduced a "cernlib"
binary meta-package).


Kevin B. McCarty <kmccarty@princeton.edu>   Physics Department
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