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Re: Britney error with the gossip package?

Neil Williams wrote:

> On Tue, 7 Oct 2008 21:02:11 +0100
> Neil Williams <codehelp@debian.org> wrote:
>> > britney only considers installability, not buildability.
>> Maybe it should - after all, in the phase prior to a release, the
>> ability to build the entire release from source *is* important. To me,
>> this is precisely what Britney should be able to avoid - gossip
>> migrated (irrespective of what happened with the unblock, this could
>> easily happen between releases too) in a condition that would not
>> build from source in testing.
> Actually, maybe lintian can come to the rescue here - if the
> Build-Depends version is higher than the shared library dependency
> isn't that always going to be a problem?
> The reverse is fine, of course, but Build-Depends >> shlibs would
> appear to be a problem waiting to happen.

Wasn't dpkg supposed to use max(shlibs, build-depends)? The rationale, IIRC, is
because a particular program might rely on a specific bugfix in a given version
of the library. Since bugfixes don't cause shlibs bumps, this was a way for the
maintainer to enforce the correct functioning of the program.


  Felipe Sateler

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