Bug#659431: vim-runtime: Uses perl4 corelibs without Depends

James McCoy jamessan at debian.org
Sat Feb 11 02:00:59 UTC 2012

On Sat, Feb 11, 2012 at 12:03:24AM +0000, Dominic Hargreaves wrote:
> This package currently uses one or more deprecated perl 4 era packages,
> as shown on the lintian report[1]:
> usr/share/vim/vim73/tools/shtags.pl:48 getopts.pl
> As detailed at [2] we would like you to either add a dependency on
> libperl4-corelibs-perl | perl (<< 5.12.3-7)
> or (ideally) to replace their use with more modern equivalents.

This script isn't installed in a standard $PATH, isn't used by anything
in the Vim packaging or referenced by anything other than its own
documentation, and is essentially unneeded since ctags handles Perl now.

I'm not inclined to add dependencies for a script that most people are
unlikely to even know exists and even fewer are likely to use.  I'll see
if upstream is fine with removing it or at least not installing it by

It might be easiest to just exclude tools/ from the packaging in

GPG Key: 4096R/331BA3DB 2011-12-05 James McCoy <jamessan at debian.org>
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