Re: lintian warning native-package-with-dash-version
On Thu, 29 Sep 2005, kamaraju kusumanchi wrote:
I am new to packaging and I am trying to package gnuplotfortran whose
upstream is located at http://sourceforge.net/projects/gnuplotfortran . The
upstream source is called gnuplotfortran-0.2.2-1.tar.bz2 . I downloaded this
to /tmp .
Then I did
tar xjvf /tmp/gnuplotfortran-0.2.2-1.tar.bz2 -C .
tar czvf gnuplotfortran-0.2.2-1.tar.gz gnuplotfortran-0.2.2-1/
dh_make --copyright lgpl -e firstname.lastname@example.org -f \
Then I proceeded on doing dpkg-buildpackage etc., At the end I obtained
gnuplotfortran_0.2.2-1-1.dsc . But if I do
$lintian -i gnuplotfortran_0.2.2-1-1.dsc
W: gnuplotfortran source: native-package-with-dash-version
N: Native packaging should only be used if a piece of software was
N: written specifically to be turned into a Debian package. In this case,
N: the version number should not contain a debian revision part.
N: Native source packages are sometimes created by accident. In most
N: cases the reason is the location of the original source tarball.
N: dpkg-source searches for this in
Q1) Where am I doing wrong? How can I get rid of this error?
I think that this has to do with the -1 in the name of the original
tarball. You might consider using the -v 0.2.2.1 option in dh_make to
convert this to a compliant version number. The second -1 will still be
there in the final package because that is the debian revision. The cause
that lintian has suggested does not seem to be your case as you properly
identified the source tarball in the dh_make command.
Q2) should I create a symbolic link gnuplotfortran-0.2.2-1.orig.tar.gz which
points to gnuplotfortran-0.2.2-1.tar.gz before proceeding with
dpkg-buildpackage? I see that it is automatically created after
You can do that before too, but are you sure that the name is correct?
According to standards, the name should have an underscore rather than the
dash which separates the name from upstream revision number. In addition,
as I mentioned before, you probably need to change the -1 to a .1 to avoid
the lintian error so the proper link should be:
and the .dsc file should be
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