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Re: The wider implications of debhelper/dbus breakage

Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org> (17/07/2009):
> At least dpkg-dev has one and it's run at build-time.

I thought the goal of dpkg-dev was to actually build other packages. I
don't know how dpkg-dev developers see this, but maybe having a few
packages rebuilt using the new dpkg-dev package would help spotting
breakages? I dunno, but especially eglibc and other important packages
would be quite good candidates. I guess that a loop for getting the
source packages, pushing them through sbuild once with the old dpkg-dev
package and once with the new dpkg-dev packages, then debdiffing (and
whatever interesting diff tests might come to mind) would help and
wouldn't be very hard to implement.

That also holds for debhelper, cdbs, <insert any critical package here>.

> Of course the test was added when the bug got fixed (we're speaking of
> #536034 for those wondering).

I know. Guess what, I checked the facts. ;p

> Speaking for dpkg-dev, any help is always welcome to enhance the
> test-suite but it's a huge job that is not so rewarding.

See above for a trivial idea.


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