[Reportbug-maint] Bug#322567: reportbug: [improve checking] the following files appear to be missing or changed

Sandro Tosi morph at debian.org
Fri Sep 4 10:38:30 UTC 2009

On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 08:10, Ryan Niebur<ryanryan52 at gmail.com> wrote:
> oops, sorry, I don't know how I missed this email :/

No problem :)

> ok, this makes sense. I will consider whether to add a --simple-output
> option, or whether I should just change the behavior (I'm thinking the
> latter is fine, but want to think it through first). anyways, one way
> or another I will make the output simpler to understand.

That'd be great.

>> > so that debsums can be more clear.
>> that's of course welcome.
>> > I don't see the need to complicate the
>> > return codes just for the purpose of user output.
>> what? "complicate the return codes"?
>> maybe because it's the UNIX standard way to differentiate programs errors?
> there's no reason why you need to know whether the problem was because
> of missing files or changed files (from the reportbug point of view)
> from what I can tell. if I'm wrong, tell me what behavior in reportbug
> will change based on whether debsums found changed files, removed
> files, or both. from what I understand, you just need debsums to print
> things in a clearer wording.

If debsums prints a detailed report, then reportbug can be genering in
presenting debsums results, like "here is what debsums has to say".

>> There is not only 0 and 1/-1 , there are plenty if examples out there.
> debsums already has a system where it returns 0, 1, 2, or 3 based on
> different errors. adding to that and accounting for all of the
> combinations would get way too messy. anyways, I think this is irrelevant.
>> > I do still think
>> > that this buglet should be fixed and I think we can come to a
>> > solution that works for everybody.
>> I proposed something, you just pushed that back. Now, how do you want
>> to address this bug (clear examples please)?
> by changing debsums to output "debsums: missing file <...>" or
> "debsums: changed file <...>", as you suggested above. will this
> fully address the problem?

I think so

> I also suggest that in reportbug you change the string "the following
> files appear to be missing or changed:" to "debsums found the
> following problems with files installed from $PACKAGE:", tho that's a
> separate enhancement.

Yes, this will be done once debsums will provide a report like the one above.

Sandro Tosi (aka morph, morpheus, matrixhasu)
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