Bug#839907: jessie-pu: package metar/20061030.1-2+b3
On 2016-10-06 11:24, Adam D. Barratt wrote:
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On 2016-10-06 10:58, Daniel Lange wrote:
The NOAA weather service changed the URL for their service so metar
as reported (and fixed) in #833655 for unstable/testing.
The package is only usable with an URL-override by setting the METAURL
environment variable as is.
The backport of the minimum set of changes from 20061030.1-2.2 is a
lengthy as this includes debhelper -> dh / quilt to get the patches to
cleanly and stay with what we have in testing / unstable.
What's the problem with applying the patches against the existing
jessie package? Build sytem changes generally aren't appropriate for
updates in stable.
Looking at the existing rules file, I'm assuming the answer is that the
existing package in jessie doesn't use a patch system.
However, unless I'm missing something, the sum total of the real changes
in your diff are a URL change in a #define and one line of change to
some POD. I'm afraid there's no way that justifies a 3,300 line diff
that changes source format, debhelper compat version and rewrites the
rules file entirely. I'd honestly prefer that the changes were applied
directly to the source files and therefore pulled in via the .diff.gz,
if that's the alternative. (Some packages do that and ship the files in
debian/patches in the source package, so that it's clear what the
individual patches are, even if they're not applied by the build
It's possible another member of the team will disagree with me, of
course, but I'm afraid I'm not prepared to accept the proposed diff.