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Re: Lintian: outdated-autotools-helper-file

On Sun, 10 Feb 2008, David Paleino wrote:
> I'm packaging gnome-translate (ITP #292909), and everything builds fine. A
> lintian check on the .changes file throws:
> E: gnome-translate source: outdated-autotools-helper-file config.guess
> 2003-07-02
> N:
> N:   The referenced file has a time stamp older than year 2004 and the
> N:   package does not build-depend on autotools-dev or automake and
> N:   therefore apparently does not update it. This usually means that the
> N:   source package will not work correctly on all currently released
> N:   architectures.
> N:
> E: gnome-translate source: outdated-autotools-helper-file config.sub 2003-07-04
> What am I supposed to do? I believe that Build-Depending on autotools-dev |
> automake is not sufficient, as it seems that those files won't be updated
> anyways. Should I update them manually? This will introduce those changes in
> the .diff.gz outside the debian/ dir (and, AFAICT, keeping only debian/ into
> the .diff.gz is The Right Thing).
> Any suggestion is very welcome.

Read autotools-dev's README file, it has recipes for what you want (that
won't even increase diff size).

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