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Bug#363150: marked as done (qmake should not be an alternative)

Your message dated Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:03:14 +0000
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and subject line Bug#678210: Removed package(s) from unstable
has caused the Debian Bug report #363150,
regarding qmake should not be an alternative
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Package: qt3-dev-tools
Version: 3:3.3.6-1
Severity: normal

Currently, qmake is an alternative that points to either qmake-qt3 or
qmake-qt4 depending on administrator preference.  But we have dozens of
packages in the archive that simply call "qmake" to build, and that is
going to lead to failures if someone ever decides to change that
alternative locally: Apparently, trying to build Qt3 packages using
qmake-qt4 and vice versa leads to a hard failure.

We could place the burden on those packages to fix their rules, but that
seems to be the wrong place in my mind.  Generally, handling
non-interactive "file processing" (build) tools through the alternatives
systems is a problem.  We don't do it with gcc, we don't do it with
python, we do it with java and that causes all sorts of problems.  With
qmake, it seems totally wrong because these programs don't do the same
thing: one works and one just fails.

What might work is a wrapper script like autoconf has, that looks at the
sources and decides which version to call.  I can't offer any advice on
how to detect the right version, but maybe someone has an idea.
Alternatively, one version should be the default qmake and there needs
to be a transition sometime.

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Version: 3:3.3.8b-11+rm

Dear submitter,

as the package qt-x11-free has just been removed from the Debian archive
unstable we hereby close the associated bug reports.  We are sorry
that we couldn't deal with your issue properly.

For details on the removal, please see http://bugs.debian.org/678210

The version of this package that was in Debian prior to this removal
can still be found using http://snapshot.debian.org/.

This message was generated automatically; if you believe that there is
a problem with it please contact the archive administrators by mailing

Debian distribution maintenance software
Alexander Reichle-Schmehl (the ftpmaster behind the curtain)

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