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Re: AM Summary for Miah Gregory <miah@darksilence.net>

On Sat, Mar 08, 2003 at 04:34:32PM -0500, Joey Hess wrote:
> Kevin Rosenberg wrote:
> > As an application manager, I find a significant percentage of NM
> > applicants are confused between the inputs to debhelper and the actual
> > structure of a Debian package. As just one example, I ask NM
> > applicants where the version number is stored in a debian package. The
> > most common (and incorrect) answer is debian/changelog because
> > debhelper users learn that's where debhelper looks for the version
> > number.
> Except, of course for the fact that debhelper does not have anything to
> do with getting the version number out of debian/changelog and into
> debian/foo/DEBIAN/control in the binary packge.
> Perhaps you should instead ask newbies to package stuff without the aid
> of dpkg-dev. :-P I'll bet that a *lot* of people do not know exactly how
> substvars work, for example.

Then someone will suggest that we ask newbies to create a binary package
without a compiler so they understand how that level of the process
works.  At some point the line must be drawn.

Jamin W. Collins

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