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Re: dpkg-buildpackage now reorganizing debian/control Depends field??


On Fri, 22 Feb 2008, Mike Bird wrote:
> > I won't revert anything unless you come up with some proof that this
> > causes severe issues that will disturb the lenny release process.
> Raphael,
> What please is the benefit of unnecessarily reordering dependencies
> and leaving everyone on tenterhooks as to whether it will change
> installation outcomes?  (If this has already been explained I apologize
> for overlooking it.)

1/ Sorting makes the output deterministic, and this means that (potential)
problems are more likely to be reproduced by everybody (whatever the
architecture, etc.)
2/ debdiff uses wdiff to show changes on field values and wdiff gives
spurious differences if the sole difference between both values is
a different order. Thus debdiff output is more useful with ordered Depends

Raphaël Hertzog

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