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Bug#271256: kdegraphics: collection package broken, because components are not available

retitle 271256 EXPLANATION: Why testing lacks some kde packages in some architectures
tag 271256 sid

(I'm intentonally keeping severity to have this on top of the list of bugs.
Tagging sid not to affect RC count, hope nobody disagrees.)

* Andreas Feldner [Mon, 13 Sep 2004 01:19:44 +0200]:
> Hi Adeodato,


> Hope that this makes things clearer?

  yes. I somehow overlooked packages.debian.org output.

> in "Testing" there's a KDE Graphics metapackage (kdegraphics) 4:3.2.3-1.1 
> ("all" architectures). However, the actual packages (e.g. kpaint) for which 
> kdegraphics generates dependencies only, are available only for i386 and 
> powerpc. Therefore, "kdegraphics" really is only available for i386 and 
> powerpc and shouldn't be marked available for "all" platforms. On alpha 
> platform, the current situation is that apt-get update marks kdegraphics as 
> updatable (from 3.2.2-1 to 3.2.3-1.1) - but broken, because the packages it 
> depends on are not available. Apart from the obvious problem, that 
> kdegraphics is not really currently availabe on "all" platforms (but only 
> i386 and powerpc), I wonder why the kdegraphics packages haven't been built 
> for the other architectures?

  this was the process:

    1. kdegraphics was removed from testing to ease the migration of
       other packages.

    2. a new kdegraphics package for testing was prepared.

    3. autobuilders then take the source package and compile it, and the
       package enters testing once all architectures have compiled it.

    4. a Release Manager decided to let kdegraphics enter testing with
       missing builds. this is normally not done to avoid breakages like
       the one you're watching, but it was thought that it was better to
       have at least working packages for i386 and powerpc that no
       packages at all.

    5. now kdegraphics has a little trouble about getting compiled by
       other autobuilders, trouble of which the Release Team is
       perfectly aware of.

  so the only thing to say is: patience. and: the current brokeness
  state is just in benefit of sarge being released earlier.

  thanks for your understanding,

Adeodato Simó
    EM: asp16 [ykwim] alu.ua.es | PK: DA6AE621
When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem starts to look
like a nail.

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