[pkg-bacula-devel] squeeze backport for bacula 5.2.6+dfsg-7

Luca Capello luca at pca.it
Tue Jan 29 19:09:47 UTC 2013

Hi there!

Coming a bit late, sorry, but other stuff are keeping me away from
Bacula (and Alexander's management is awesome!).  This means that I have
no voice over the choices made, but let me express my opinion for future

On Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:34:41 +0100, Hilko Bengen wrote:
> * Alexander Golovko:
>> В Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:48:02 +0000
>> Bart Swedrowski <bart at timedout.org> пишет:
>>> On 21 January 2013 10:44, Hilko Bengen <bengen at debian.org> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > I just noticed that the build-dependencies had been changed for
>>> > 5.2.6+dfsg-1~bpo60+1. I did not actually need to change anything
>>> > for my build because newer versions of debhelper and libpq-dev are
>>> > in squeeze-backports now. Is it okay to just use the
>>> > build-dependencies from the wheezy version?
>>> Not 100% sure about this one but I'd prefer to stick to
>>> build-dependencies compatible with squeeze-backports.  Alexandro,
>>> could you comment?
>> If we will use libpq-dev from squeeze-backports at build-time, there
>> will be run-time dependency from new libpq?
> Not according to my sbuild log:

This is a random effect, which you (as the bacula maintainer) can not
control, which is bad.

>> I think, that result binary packages should depend from other
>> backported packages as few as possible.
> It doesn't matter for the current situation,

Again, a random effect.

> but I agree with that
> principle.

The principle should be the same for both source and binary packages:
you should stick to squeeze as much as you can, full stop.  This means
that your package should build with debhelper in squeeze (= 8.0.0) and
libpq-dev in squeeze (8.4.13-0squeeze1).

Adding extra dependencies from squeeze-backports means that you are
targeting a non-existing distribution and you are losing control on how
your package behaves.  IMHO you are not backporting anymore, instead you
are adapting a package to a unclear environment.

Please note that asking on debian-backports@ *before* the upload would
have been better ;-)

Thx, bye,
Gismo / Luca
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