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Re: Uploading to multiple distros

On Thu, Jun 02, 2011 at 01:20:08PM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
Didier Raboud writes ("Re: Color Management in Debian"):
Given that Debian is currently not frozen (and that the Oneiric
release will very probably happen before Wheezy's), I really think
that not uploading those packages to Debian first would be a shame,
as this would only mean doubling efforts.


At the very least it should be possible to do one upload to two
distros without altering the debian/changelog.

For this to work I think the "suite" target in the changelog entry
should be qualified by the distro, so you could say (picking a random

 picocom (1.4-1) debian:unstable ubuntu:oneiric; urgency=low

   * new upstream version:
     - Changed the behavior of the C-a command. Now pressing C-a
	   twice sends C-a to the serial port
     - Added the C-\ command that generates a break sequence
     - Added (optional) UUCP-lockfiles support

  -- Oliver Kurth <oku@debian.org>  Tue, 14 Sep 2004 11:25:07 -0700

or something.

You can do this already by using syncpackage(1) from ubuntu-dev-tools — I don't think the archive software looks at the changelog, but the distribution in the changes file.

For "normal" syncs we generally advise not using syncpackage, but it might make sense when doing simultaneous uploads.

This at least works when uploading packages prepared for Debian to Ubuntu. I'm not sure how well Debian's infrastructure would cope if the changelog specifies an Ubuntu release.


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