[xml/sgml-pkgs] Bug#839373: xmlroff: FTBFS: dh_installxmlcatalogs: Unexpected debhelper version format

Lucas Nussbaum lucas at debian.org
Sat Oct 1 09:09:57 UTC 2016

Source: xmlroff
Version: 0.6.2-1.3
Severity: serious
Tags: stretch sid
User: debian-qa at lists.debian.org
Usertags: qa-ftbfs-20160930 qa-ftbfs
Justification: FTBFS on amd64


During a rebuild of all packages in sid, your package failed to build on

Relevant part (hopefully):
> make[3]: Entering directory '/<<PKGBUILDDIR>>/cunit'
> make[3]: Nothing to be done for 'install-exec-am'.
> make[3]: Nothing to be done for 'install-data-am'.
> make[3]: Leaving directory '/<<PKGBUILDDIR>>/cunit'
> make[2]: Leaving directory '/<<PKGBUILDDIR>>/cunit'
> make[1]: Leaving directory '/<<PKGBUILDDIR>>'
> touch debian/stamp-makefile-install
> Adding cdbs dependencies to debian/xmlroff.substvars
> dh_installdirs -pxmlroff \
> rm -rf debian/xmlroff/usr/include/ \
>        debian/xmlroff/usr/lib/ \
>        debian/xmlroff/usr/share/gtk-doc/ \
>        debian/xmlroff/usr/share/xml/libfo/xmlroff.*
> dh_installdocs -pxmlroff ./README ./NEWS ./TODO ./AUTHORS
> dh_installexamples -pxmlroff 
> dh_installman -pxmlroff 
> dh_installinfo -pxmlroff 
> dh_installmenu -pxmlroff 
> dh_installcron -pxmlroff 
> dh_systemd_enable -pxmlroff 
> dh_installinit -pxmlroff 
> dh_installdebconf -pxmlroff 
> dh_installemacsen -pxmlroff 
> dh_installcatalogs -pxmlroff 
> dh_installpam -pxmlroff 
> dh_installlogrotate -pxmlroff 
> dh_installlogcheck -pxmlroff 
> dh_installchangelogs -pxmlroff NEWS
> dh_installudev -pxmlroff 
> dh_lintian -pxmlroff 
> dh_bugfiles -pxmlroff 
> dh_install -pxmlroff 
> dh_systemd_start -pxmlroff 
> dh_link -pxmlroff 
> dh_installmime -pxmlroff 
> dh_installgsettings -pxmlroff 
> dh_installxmlcatalogs
> dh_installxmlcatalogs: Unexpected debhelper version format
> debian/rules:14: recipe for target 'binary-install/xmlroff' failed
> make: *** [binary-install/xmlroff] Error 255

If the failure looks somehow time/timezone related:
Note that this rebuild was performed without the 'tzdata' package
installed in the chroot. tzdata used be (transitively) part of
build-essential, but it no longer is. If this package requires it to
build, it should be added to build-depends. For the release team's
opinion on this, see

The full build log is available from:

A list of current common problems and possible solutions is available at
http://wiki.debian.org/qa.debian.org/FTBFS . You're welcome to contribute!

About the archive rebuild: The rebuild was done on EC2 VM instances from
Amazon Web Services, using a clean, minimal and up-to-date chroot. Every
failed build was retried once to eliminate random failures.

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