Bug#301607: [Build-common-hackers] Bug#301607: cdbs: control auto-build messes with long descriptions

Robert Millan Robert Millan <rmh@debian.org>, 301607@bugs.debian.org
Wed, 18 May 2005 12:42:10 +0200

On Sat, Apr 16, 2005 at 03:30:14AM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> clone 301607 -1
> reassign -1 cstream
> severity -1 serious
> retitle -1 cstream: debian/rules clean modifies the source package
> severity 301607 important
> thanks
> I don't consider this a release-critical bug in cdbs because packages
> shouldn't be using DEB_AUTO_UPDATE_DEBIAN_CONTROL *anyway*: packages that do
> so are in violation of policy section 4.8, because it means
> ./debian/rules build clean is no longer idempotent when run using differing
> versions of cdbs.

That's for a very particular interpretation of "idempotency" (that when the
environment changes, results must be the same).

If dpkg didn't require debian/control to exist during the clean target, we
could generate it somewhere else and remove it during clean (just like any
other temporary file) and fully idempotency would be archieved.

If you're concerned about that, you might want to read bug #293489 and try to
convince the dpkg maintainers about my proposed change.  I'd certainly
appreciate it if that happened.

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