[Build-common-hackers] Bug#537240: Bug#537240: Bug#537240: Bug#537240: cdbs: should create versioned debhelper dependency

Russ Allbery rra at debian.org
Mon Aug 3 19:50:27 UTC 2009

Jonas Smedegaard <dr at jones.dk> writes:

> Versioned dependencies are avoided whenever permitted by Debian Policy,
> to ease backporting and to ease use of alternative tools providing same
> interface.

I understand that argument in general, but that seems to directly
contradict what you're doing with debhelper in particular.  Adding the
versioned dependency on debhelper can only help backporting (in admittedly
unusual circumstances), and it makes no difference for alternative tools.

If I were you, I'd special-case the debhelper dependency here to always
match the compat level (unless, of course, something is in use that
requires a newer version than the compat level).

Russ Allbery (rra at debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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