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Re: automake transition breakages

* Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org) wrote:
> Cyril Brulebois <kibi@debian.org> writes:
> > Julian Taylor <jtaylor.debian@googlemail.com> (2013-09-30):
> >> At minimum the packages using Werror should be test rebuilt before each
> >> new upload:
> >> http://codesearch.debian.net/search?q=AM_INIT_AUTOMAKE.*-Werror
> >> The list is small enough that it can be done by hand / small script.
> > So that they stop using Werror? Good idea.
> I use -Werror for Automake for all of the packages for which I'm upstream
> and have not noticed it being a serious issue, although maybe I'm missing
> something?  But I didn't have any trouble regenerating the files for my
> various packages with Automake 1.14.

The one that's been biting people is there's a new warning for
configure.in being deprecated. So for a well maintained package or a
good upstream this isn't going to be a problem.
> -Werror for a compiler is a bad idea for Debian packages because, unless
> you do extensive portability testing, it's quite likely that there will be
> warnings on some platform on which the code is not regularly tested but
> which aren't serious issues.  Also, each new version of the compiler comes
> with a ton of new warnings, most of which are not significant.
> Automake, by comparison, runs the same on every host, so if you've fixed
> the warnings on your local system, they're fixed everywhere.  And it has
> considerably fewer warnings, and far fewer that are introduced in each new
> version.

Eric Dorland <eric@kuroneko.ca>
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