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Re: [xml/sgml-pkgs] Bug#676686: libxslt1.1: libxslt1.1 binNMU broke multi-arch installability

* Ian Jackson (ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk) [120611 13:21]:
> Guillem Jover writes ("Re: [xml/sgml-pkgs] Bug#676686: libxslt1.1: libxslt1.1 binNMU	broke multi-arch installability"):
> > As I mentioned in the long ref-counting thread, I strongly disagree this
> > is a correct solution, it just seems like a hack to me. Instead I
> > think we should consider changelog (and copyright as long as it's in
> > machine parseable format) as dpkg metadata (something dpkg misses
> > compared to rpm or other package managers for example) and as such they
> > should go into the .deb control member, which would end up in the dpkg
> > database w/o any kind of file conflict, and very minor packaging effort
> > as for most that would be handled by helpers.
> I think this is the wrong design.  The changelog is primarily used by
> humans, not software, and burying it in the dpkg database is not
> helpful.  I think the solution with the binNMU changelogs is
> straightforward and should be implemented.

Hm. Though I see the reasoning in general, would you think it hurts to
have the binary epoch (and the corresponding binNMU reason) be stored
in the metadata instead of the changelog as today?


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