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Re: Bug#531581: Critical problems on hppa and ia64 buildds

[Resending, seems to be delivery problems, sorry if finally gets duplicated]

On Thu, Jun 04, 2009 at 09:34:40PM +0200, Frank Küster wrote:
> Luk Claes <luk@debian.org> wrote:
> > Frank Küster wrote:
> >> Luk Claes <luk@debian.org> wrote:
> >> 
> >>> Fine, though taking the trouble to talk to the porters might still be
> >>> worthwile.
> >> 
> >> Yes, but definitely not after I've spend hours of my little Debian
> >> arguing about non-bugs with people who don't read what I say and instead
> >> insist on blaming our packages without explaining why.
> >
> > You were the one reassigning in the first place AFAIR...
> Because I didn't see a reason why it should be a bug in our
> packages. And I still don't, since although you and others send loads of
> mails what we should do, no one ever discusses the technical aspects of
> the problem.

Frank, your package honours current Debian policy about that, but Debian
Policy is buggy about that.

See #504880, message #106 from Ian Jackson. You cannot rely on dependencies
being installed at postrm,

Imagine package a depends on package b

# dpkg --unpack a
# dpkg --purge  a

can be done without "b" present. And you do not need any --force option.

So policy needs fix about this, and packages should start caring about this.
We already had to deal with this problem in #518975 and made that calls

Autobuilders should also be more robust, probably caring more about how the
unpacked packages are sorted, but there may still be corner cases where this


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