Bug#876008: autopkgtest: Wrong statement about Testsuite field in documentation

Rafael Laboissière rafael at debian.org
Sun Sep 17 10:11:59 UTC 2017

Package: autopkgtest
Version: 4.4
Severity: minor

Dear Maintainer,

In file doc/README.package-tests.rst, there is this sentence:

    To allow test execution environments to discover packages which
    provide tests, their source packages need to have a ``Testsuite:``
    header containing ``autopkgtest`` (which is currently the only
    defined value).

This was true in 2014, before the autodep8 pacakge started introducing 
the autopkgtest-pkg-* values.  The statement is innacurate today.

One of the reasons it is a good idea to reformulate the sentence is to 
avoid the confusion that it caused to the Lintian maintainers (see 


Rafael Laboissière

 -- System Information:
 Debian Release: 9.0
   APT prefers testing
   APT policy: (650, 'testing'), (600, 'unstable'), (550, 'experimental'), (550, 'stable'), (500, 'oldstable')
 Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
 Foreign Architectures: i386

 Kernel: Linux 4.9.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
 Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
 Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
 Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

 Versions of packages autopkgtest depends on:
 ii  apt-utils       1.5~beta2
 ii  libdpkg-perl    1.18.22
 ii  procps          2:3.3.12-3
 ii  python3         3.5.3-1
 ii  python3-debian  0.1.30

 Versions of packages autopkgtest recommends:
 ii  autodep8  0.9

 Versions of packages autopkgtest suggests:
 pn  lxc          <none>
 pn  lxd-client   <none>
 pn  qemu-system  <none>
 ii  qemu-utils   1:2.8+dfsg-2
 pn  schroot      <none>

 -- no debconf information

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