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Bug#143117: dpkg-dev: dpkg-gencontrol crashes if more than 1 blank line between sets in debian/control

Package: dpkg-dev
Version: 1.9.20
Severity: normal

Appendix C in the Debian Policy Manual tells us:

  C.2.2. `debian/control'

  This file contains version-independent details about the source
  package and about the binary packages it creates.

  It is a series of sets of control fields, each syntactically similar 
  to a binary package control file.  The sets are separated by one or 
  more blank lines.  The first set is information about the source
  package in general; each subsequent set describes one binary package
  that the source tree builds.

However, putting more than one blank lines between sets will cause the
following error in dpkg-gencontrol:

dpkg-gencontrol: error: per-package paragraph 1 in control info file
is missing Package line

I was pointed out on debian-mentors that this bug was reported as bug
#56056 previously, patched and closed. It looks like it came back. I
don't know if the patch still applies, though. 

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux orion 2.2.20 #1 Sun Nov 4 15:44:23 EST 2001 i686
Locale: LANG=fr_FR@euro, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR@euro

Versions of packages dpkg-dev depends on:
ii  binutils          The GNU assembler, linker and bina
ii  cpio                       2.4.2-39      GNU cpio -- a program to manage ar
ii  make                       3.79.1-13     The GNU version of the "make" util
ii  patch                      2.5.4-10      Apply a diff file to an original
ii  perl [perl5]               5.6.1-7       Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  perl-modules               5.6.1-7       Core Perl modules.

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