[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#715110: Bug#715110: Broken library symlink detected in libsamba-util-dev

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Sat Jul 6 06:03:16 UTC 2013

Control: severity 715110 normal
Control: severity 715122 normal

On Sat, Jul 06, 2013 at 05:01:15AM +0000, David Steele wrote:
> Package: libsamba-util-dev
> Version: 4.0.0~beta2+dfsg1-3.2
> Severity: serious
> User: debian-qa at lists.debian.org
> Usertags: piuparts, broken-symlink, broken-symlink-shared-library

> During a test with piuparts, I noticed your package is
> responsible for the presence of broken symlinks involving
> a shared library. Such failures may indicate a significant
> problem with the package.

"serious" when there's a grand total of 0 packages that use this -dev
package for linking against the library?  Not hardly.

I think this severity: serious mass-bug filing is extremely poorly
conceived.  The fact that these bugs have evaded notice until a lintian
check was added means that they do *not* have a high impact on the quality
of the release.  If they did, they would have turned up already by way of
archive rebuild testing.

> This is being filed as Serious because it represents a violation
> of Policy. Section 8 states "Packages containing shared
> libraries must be constructed with a little care to make sure
> that the shared library is always available".

The packages you've filed bugs against do *not* contain shared libraries.
This is a completely bogus justification for a severity serious bug.

You also did not achieve a consensus on debian-devel in favor of this mass
bug filing before reporting these bugs.  At least one person objected to you
filing these at severity: serious; another objected to this being considered
an error at all.


While in the case of these two bug reports it's definitely a bug in the
packages and should be fixed, it's nowhere near severity: serious.  I
suspect most of the other bugs are similar.

Please downgrade the bugs from your MBF to a more appropriate severity.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
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slangasek at ubuntu.com                                     vorlon at debian.org
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