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Re: Oops: I broke the lenny --> squeeze update



Dear Release Team, Python Maintainers,

I just received notice (bug 603579) that upgrade lenny to squeeze will
break if a boost package containing an "rtupdate" script is installed.
In stable there are four such packages:

  libboost-python-dev
  libboost-dbg

  libboost-python1.35-dev
  libboost1.35-dbg

The issue is that the rtupdate script in stable only recognizes python
2.4 and python 2.5, and dies if any other version is supplied.
Squeeze python default is 2.6 and so this blocks the upgrade of
python, which is very bad.

The rtupdate script has since been changed to avoid this problem.
Unfortunately, the simple fix never made it into stable.

Index: debian/rtupdate
===================================================================
--- debian/rtupdate     (revision 14385)
+++ debian/rtupdate     (revision 14386)
@@ -42,7 +42,7 @@
     case "$1" in
        python2.4)  py=py24 ;;
        python2.5)  py=py25 ;;
-       *)          die $0 unknown python version $1 ;;
+       *)          remove; return ;;
     esac
 
     update_linklibs $py a


On debian-devel [1], I received advice from Raphael Hertzog to upload
the fix to stable on the theory that users will upgrade to the latest
stable prior to upgrading to lenny.  Alternatively, Jakub Wilk
suggested that "Python maintainers can make python2.6-minimal break
(or conflict, if breaking is not enough) the old libboost* packages."

Which option do you suggest?

Thanks,
-Steve


[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2010/11/msg00455.html

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