kiwix upstream tarball confusion

Emmanuel Engelhart emmanuel at
Wed Sep 5 15:53:06 UTC 2012

Hi Mike

Le 02/09/2012 11:49, Mike Gabriel a écrit :
> Hi Kelson, hi Renauld,
> Vasudev made me aware of a new 0.9~rc1 release of kiwix and that there
> are multiple tarballs around with the same version number.
> I downloaded three src tarballs of 0.9~rc1 (resp. 0.9-r1):
> 1.
> 2.
> 3. ... and kiwix-0.9-rc1-src.tar.gz found here:
> I downloaded all three of them and the one with -debian in its file name
> seems to be different:
> 13c9567f331e487679ce0cabc26ae9fd  kiwix-0.9~rc1-debian.tar.gz
> 49ab5738b963939d94ecbb6b19b659d8  kiwix-0.9-rc1-src-sf.tar.gz
> 49ab5738b963939d94ecbb6b19b659d8  kiwix-0.9-rc1-src.tar.gz
> So my main question is: what is the difference between
> kiwix-0.9~rc1-debian.tar.gz and kiwix-0.9-rc1-src.tar.gz and what is
> your motivation to release two tarballs of the same version name.

We made a Debian version because the Debian contraints on the src.tgz
file made it not anymore compilable without running automake. We do not
want do distribute src.tgz which needs automake.

The result was in that case:

> And... Unfortunately, I guess, this is not how things work on the Debian
> side. For a Debian package maintainer, there can only be one tarball
> named 0.9-/~rc1. (We in Debian prefer the "~" as a delimiter between the
> upcoming version and ~rcX, ~betaY, ~alphaZ, but that is not crucial here.)

Which name should be chosen?

> So my request is, please help me clarifying this tarball confusion
> issue. For Debian packaging we rely on you releasing one tarball with
> one version. Another tarball has to be named with another version.

Hmm... looks like we have an issue there.

> We cannot package any new upstream releases for Debian until we have
> some clarity on the upstream release workflow.

What do you propose taking in consideration my last explanations.

> PS: and what a pity that Ubuntu refuses to build libxul-based
> applications at the moment:

Yes, this is a known issue. That's also the reason why we have stopped
to pushed the last released to our PPA. We have a project in the
beginning of 2013 to remove the dependence to xulrunner and compile
directly against Mozilla source code.


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