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Re: Automatic Debug Packages

On Wed, Jul 29 2009, Emilio Pozuelo Monfort wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I proposed [1] a GSoC project this spring which was accepted, and I'm thus
> working on getting automatic debug packages into Debian.
> The reasons for this are, among others, that adding -dbg packages to
> thousands of packages doesn't scale, that they bloat the archive and
> mirrors, and the ability to use debugging symbols over the network by
> using build-ids.
> The proposal is (very briefly) to make dak accept .ddeb packages
> (containing debugging symbols using build-ids), and to then modify
> helper tools to automatically generate them and add them to the
> changes file. I've written down the details in the wiki [2], and I'll
> appreciate it if you could give some feeback. I don't want to trash
> this completely though, so no drastic changes preferred :)

        I think that we would need a clear policy of what packages are
 expected to do as well. Policy does not mandate that helper packages be
 used in Debian packages, and we can't suddenly start mandating that
 they be used.

        So, we figure out first exactly what needs to be done, and then
 the helper packages implement that standard; as opposed to the standard
 being whatever the current helper package implementation happens to be.

        I am not sure if an existing dpkg tool can be modified to do
 this, but I would be delighted to be proved wrong.

How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat? Pink Floyd
Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>  
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