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Re: Recent changes in dpkg

]] Neil Williams 

| You seem to think that every package is going to be uploaded just for
| the sake of an upload.
| There is no way to guarantee that ALL packages in Debian will be
| uploaded again by some point in the future.
| If a package does not need an upload - e.g. the only "issue" is an
| ancient standards version - then dpkg cannot change behaviour in a way
| that makes that package FTBFS.

You make it sound like a package upload is a big deal.  Sometimes, you
upload for small things, there's nothing wrong with that.


| If, eventually, dpkg fails with an error when debian/source/format
| does not exist, dpkg is causing the package to FTBFS and therefore
| dpkg is causing an unnecessary upload due to the changed behaviour of
| dpkg. There is A LOT wrong with that.

How is this different to other changes in the toolchain which sometimes
deprecate and remove functionality which then makes packages FTBFS?

Tollef Fog Heen
UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are

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