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Bug#246595: dpkg-dev: dpkg-buildpackage gripes about "Essential: no"

On Thu, 2004-04-29 at 16:41 -0400, Steven Augart wrote:

> dpkg-buildpackage griped with a warning about an unrecognized control
> field when it built my package with "Essential: no" in the debian/control
> file.  As soon as I removed the "Essential: no", the warning went away.
> The exact warning message was: dpkg-source: warning: unknown information
> field in input data in general section of control info file
Essential belongs in the paragraph for the binary package, not the first
paragraph (which concerns the source).

Also there's no need to tell dpkg it *isn't* an Essential package --
that's the default.

If you put "Essential: no" alongside the binary information, does the
warning go away?  If so, dpkg is exhibiting the correct behaviour and
this bug can be closed.


Have you ever, ever felt like this?
Had strange things happen?  Are you going round the twist?

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