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

Raphael Hertzog wrote:

> On Fri, 22 Feb 2008, Mike Bird wrote:

>> 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
> fields.

Ironically, the reason I just noticed yesterday that dpkg-deb (?) had
been changed to re-order Depends recently is that I was trying to do a
debdiff between mn-fit versions 5.13-5 (just uploaded to experimental)
and 5.13-4 (uploaded back in 2006).  As one might imagine, the new
re-ordering wasn't that helpful in seeing what dependencies had changed
between the two uploads :-)

best regards,

Kevin B. McCarty <kmccarty@gmail.com>
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