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Bug#549137: isdnutils: Pending removal of automake{1.4,1.7}, please update for automake1.9 or higher

Christian Perrier wrote:
Quoting Barry deFreese (bdefreese@debian.org):
Package: isdnutils
Version: 1:3.9.20060704-4
Severity: normal


We are working on removing older versions of automake.  Your package
currently build-depends on automake1.4/1.7.  Please update the package
to build with 1.9 or higher.  Preferably 1.11.

I'm working on that package for another reason (debconf templates
review). It has just been orphaned so I guess that I could fix this
while I upload a QA upload with the rewritten templates and
translation updates.

However, I have very limited skills about all this autostuff and might
need help.

What I see right now is;

automake1.4, automake1.7, automake1.9

in Build-Depends...

Isn't that strange?

Could it be possible to remove 1.4 and 1.7 and just rebuild? I don't
know and I would appreciate input...


Thanks for the reply. I actually started looking at isdnutils, it is a mess. There is actually a newer upstream (still from 2007) but the patches don't all apply cleanly to it. Yes, I personally think it is VERY odd that it build-depends on just about every version of automake. If you look at the rules file, it looks like it tries to build with "automake" then if that fails it tries an older version.

I was going to try to start from the newer upstream and see if I could fix the build system to just use automake 1.1x but it has sever reverse depends and I don't know the effect it might have on those. Do you have any thoughts on that? I'm happy to try to help with the autotools stuff.

Thanks again,

Barry deFreese
Debian QA

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