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Re: Automatic Debug Packages

Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:

> I don't have a strong opinion on whether ddebs should be documented in
> policy, but I certainly don't agree with requiring dpkg to understand
> them as a prerequisite for implementing a general purpose, public
> archive for auto-stripped debugging symbols packages.  There really is
> no reason for dpkg to treat these packages specially - a simple
> namespace convention imposed by Policy (i.e., reserving package names
> ending in "-ddeb" for use by this archive, which is what has been
> proposed) is sufficient, and requires no changes to dpkg, which is as it
> should be.

Or even just -dbg, since aren't the existing debug packages basically
.ddebs, modulo bugs?

> I think the .ddeb extension is a red herring.  There ought not be
> anything new to teach dpkg, here; the only thing of relevance is that
> there not be namespace clashes between the ddebs and the debs in the
> main archive, and the filename is not relevant to that at all.


Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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