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Re: For those who care about their packages in Ubuntu

On Wed, 2006-01-18 at 05:29, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
> Oh. There might be a misunderstanding: No binary package is taken from
> debian, only source packages. This means that EVERY package is being
> rebuilt in ubuntu on buildds, including arch: all packages. The output
> of apt-cache shows the field 'Origin' to indicate that this is not a
> package built on debian systems.

Ubuntu does NOT set the origin in its packages:

# dpkg -s dpkg | egrep -i '(origin|version):'
Origin: debian
Version: 1.13.10ubuntu4

apt can be a useful tool but it tells you where it knows a package
can be found, not the actual origin of an installed package:

# dpkg -i --force-all xli_1.17.0-18sarge1_i386.deb
# apt-cache show xli | grep -i origin:
Origin: Ubuntu

> If I understand your proposal correctly, you propose to introduce
> binNMU like versioning on ALL nondiverged packages (again, the source
> package is identical!). This seem not feasible because of practical
> problems.

What practical problems?  DDs can increment the two-dot version
on a binary NMU.  Why can't Ubuntu's copy-sources-from-debian
script do the same?

> btw, the 'buildX' packages do change the source package, but by
> policy, only debian/changelog is touched, to increase the version
> number of the package.

What please is the difference between a buildX package and all the
other packages that were rebuilt without the buildX annotation?

--Mike Bird

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