[Debichem-devel] cclib_1.0.1-1_i386.changes REJECTED

Karol M. Langner karol.langner at gmail.com
Sun Jul 24 20:40:59 UTC 2011

On Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 04:28:28PM +0200, Michael Banck wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 08:59:12AM +0200, Karol M. Langner wrote:
> > Here is the cclib source package:
> > http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/c/cclib/
> > which creates cclib and python-cclib and doesn't contain any of
> > the offending files. Note that the package cclib contains just two scripts,
> > but I guess that's OK because in the future it should get more content.
> > 
> > Here is the cclib-data source package:
> > http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/c/cclib-data/
> > which is meant for non-free and has the remaining data and test scripts.
> > 
> > Does this look OK?
> I took a look now, and found a few issues:
> 1. Packages in main (e.g. cclib) must not Depend on or Recommend
> packages in non-main, but you can put a Suggests: cclib-data to hint
> users and graphical package managers.  This still means cclib-data will
> not be installed along python-cclib for a regular apt-get or aptitude
> install run.
> Possibly cclib could print out a warning that cclib-data is not present
> and additionally (if run on a Debian system), point users to the
> cclib-data package in non-free.
> 2. The section for cclib-data should be non-free/science rather than
> just science.  Note how the package ended up under debian/pool/main on
> mentors.debian.net, not debian/pool/non-free.
> 3. The Depends: python-cclib (= 1.0.1-1) in cclib-data should probably
> be relaxed a bit.  I guess it works, but is there any interface-like
> dependency between the both?   Just depending on python-cclib (or
> possibly python-cclib (>= 1.0.1) or something might be enough and could
> avoid upgrade issues later on (e.g. if a user removes non-free from
> their sources.list again for some reason, and apt/aptitude refuse to
> upgrade cclib because a stale cclib-data package still depends on the
> exact earlier version).
> 4. You could add "(python module)" and "(data files)" or something to
> the short descriptions of python-cclib and cclib-data to make it clearer
> what the difference is to the main cclib package.
> 5. What does the "noninteractive use" in "This package contains helper
> scripts for noninteractive use." mean?  Does python-cclib have helper
> scripts for interactive use?  Or just that those scripts are
> noninteractive, and there are no others?  In that case, maye "for end
> users" or something might be clearer.
> 6. The fix_setup.patch patch from cclib ended up in cclib-data as well
> as debian/patches/debian-changes-1.0.1-1, was this intentional?  If so,
> I suggest renaming it to fix_setup.patch as well, as the
> debian-changes-* patches are auto-generated by dpkg-dev.
> 7. I get a build failure for cclib, if I build it in a (hopefully)
> current unstable environment:
> /bin/sh: python2.7: not found
> I get this:
> nighthawk~/build$ pyversions -vs
> 2.6 2.7
> I am not a python build expert, but either you have to specify both
> currently supported python versions (python2.6 and python2.7) as
> Build-Depends, or you just build for the default version (2.6 currently)
> with pyversions -vd.
> That's all I saw at a first glance, will try to take another look later.
> Cheers,
> Michael

Thank for all these pointers. I've addressed all the points on my local machine,
and wanted to commit them to the svn repo, but discovered I could. I get a
"Denied (publick key).", message... so I added my public key to my Alioth account,
which had no keys. Is that enough to allow me to upload in a few hours?

I ask, because I must ahve uploaded 2 months ago, and I'm not sure why I can't
now (from the same machine).


written by Karol M. Langner
Sun Jul 24 22:38:27 CEST 2011

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