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Re: Automatic Debug Packages

[ Moving to debian-policy ]

Manoj Srivastava wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 31 2009, Emilio Pozuelo Monfort wrote:
>> Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>>>         We do not want to have different helper package start inventing
>>>  a helper specific way of building  ddebs, with no clear standard tha
>>>  they are following.
>>>         While archive coverage is nice, ensuring  that a ddeb is
>>>  properly defined, and that all the different ways of creating ddebs are
>>>  consistent, should happen first.
>> OK, so you mean I should document the ddeb format (which is that of
>> .deb packages) and possibly include it in policy? That makes sense, if
>> you want that I'll propose a patch for policy (note that udebs are not
>> documented though).
>         But regular packages are not creating udebs; and the whole idea
>  behind "automated" ddeb creation is that the ./debian/rules file
>  optionally creates ddebs. Since this affects the majority of packages,
>  I think we need to be clear up front about ddeb creation.

I've documented the .ddeb format in the wiki page [1] ("DDeb Format", which is
short since the format is basically that of .debs). Do we really need this to be
documented in policy?

Also, does anybody see a problem with adding .ddebs to the .changes file (in
Files and *-Checksums), when they are not in debian/control? It seems to me like
that's not a policy violation, but I could be wrong.

Best regards,

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