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Re: Bug#344538: hppa dependency problems on build of pdns

On Tue, Jan 10, 2006 at 11:08:14AM +0100, Frank Küster wrote:
> Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:

> > On Mon, Jan 09, 2006 at 02:37:53PM +0100, Frank Küster wrote:
> >> The same happened to the planner package, and has been reported as
> >> #344538.  It seems that hppa buildd is broken, don't know yet whether
> >> the buildd admin (Lamont) or anybody of the debian-admin (responsible
> >> for the hardware) is at it.

> > Hasn't the problem on the hppa buildd been fixed for a while?  The pdns
> > package (both versions 2.9.19-2 and 2.9.19-3) has built fine on that arch
> > now.

> It *seems* it has been fixed; but I don't know whether it has just
> disappeared, or has been fixed by human intervention, and if yes by
> which.  Since the first may be true, it might as well reappear again.

<sigh>  No, buildds don't magically go from believing a dependency is
satisfied, to believing it's not satisfied, and back again.  If the problem
has disappeared, it's due to human intervention.

> > or a bug in some
> > maintainer script or other;

> How a bug in a maintainer script could have the result that installing
> an arch-all package fails because an other arch-all package is not
> there, and how this can happen on only one particular machine of one
> particular architecture, this I fail to see.

Then you haven't been looking at buildds for very long.  Historically such
problems were unpleasantly frequent on buildds due to a combination of buggy
postrm scripts, and a bug in dpkg's rollback support when calling dpkg
--purge for a package in the "installed" state.  I believe the dpkg bug is
fixed now, but a) I could be wrong, and b) there may be other bugs in the

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon@debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/

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