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Re: [Conclusion] Subversion 1.3 distribution tar slimmer?

From: Marc Sherman <msherman_at_projectile.ca>
Date: 2005-09-24 14:54:53 CEST

Malcolm Rowe wrote:
>
> It looks like Debian unstable moved from 1.2.0 to '1.2.3a' (whatever
> _that_ is) between the time I sent my message and the time you did
> (according to the ChangeLog, 9th September).

http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-subversion-maintainers/2005-August/000006.html

Someone uploaded their own packaging of 1.2.3 to the Debian experimental
repository without clearance from the maintainer. Presumably his
upstream tarball was different from the one the official maintainer was
preparing in some way, and there's a technical constraint in Debian that
you can't replace an upstream tarball that's already been uploaded
unless you change the version number. So 1.2.3a is the maintainer's
upload of 1.2.3 with a version bump to kick out the bogus NMU.

The normal method to do that is to call it something like 1.2.3-1-1 (or
1.2.3-dfsg1-1 if the change to the upstream tarball was to remove
non-free components, but that doesn't apply in this case I'm sure), to
clearly separate the debian-required version bump from the upstream
version. My guess is that the NMU included an unmodified upstream
tarball, and the maintainer's version is modified to remove the APR and
Neon sources, since those are packaged seperately on Debian.

> Debian stable and testing are still on 1.1.4, according to the pages
> at http://packages.debian.org/testing/devel/subversion (but then I
> don't use Debian, so I may be missing something).

Yes, that's correct. Stable will remain on 1.1.4 for a long time, until
etch is released. Testing is currently stuck on 1.1.4 because 1.2.3 is
waiting for swig1.3 to propagate to testing, which in turn appears to be
blocked on the C++ ABI transition, so it could be a while before it gets in.

You can find this info at:
http://packages.qa.debian.org/s/subversion.html

- Marc

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