[Debian-med-packaging] Bug#520747: Bug#520747: BioCocoa.app and SequenceConverter.app (Was: Bug#520747: Watch file)

Yavor Doganov yavor at gnu.org
Wed Mar 25 14:43:07 UTC 2009

On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 07:47:57AM +0100, Andreas Tille wrote:
> I'd be very happy if somebody might have a look at biococoa. 

Hi Andreas -- there are some serious issues with it.

GNUstep frameworks are packaged like classic shared libraries (that's
what they are, in fact), i.e. the biococoa source package should build
the binary packages libbiococoa2 and libbiococoa-dev.  You don't need
the Replaces/Conflicts/Provides: biococoa.app -- sequenceconverter.app
would just build-depend on libbiococoa-dev and end up depending on
libbiococoa2.  If you strongly care about upgrades,
sequenceconverter.app could build also a dummy transitional package
biococoa.app that depends on sequenceconverter.app (to be dropped
after Squeeze).

If you don't mind, I can provide a patch for that plus some other
fixes that make the package compliant to the (still unwritten) Debian
GNUstep policy.

Note that there is a GNUstep transition pending (we are currently
waiting for the ffmpeg and poppler transitions), so it would be great
if you upload only when it finishes.

Also, one upstream fix is needed: the top-level GNUmakefile should
contain the following line:


to actually link against libobjc and libgnustep-base.  If you want to
know the harm this causes for GNUstep transitions, see this subthread:


If you can push this upstream and a new release is pending, that would
be great.  Otherwise, please tell me what patch system do you prefer.


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