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Re: epoch bump request for gnome-calculator




On Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 09:32:31AM +0800, Paul Wise wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 9:48 PM Jeremy Bicha wrote:
> > So is it appropriate to bump an epoch in Debian to match an important
> > downstream's epoch?
> 
> An alternative might be for Launchpad to allow whitelisted downgrades
> of source packages (dropping the epoch) (zero idea how feasible that
> is) and then a dpkg-vendor conditional in debian/rules to re-add the
> epoch to the binary packages when they are being built for Ubuntu.

Launchpad doesn't need any changes here.  It's perfectly possible to get
Launchpad to accept a downgrade: while it won't accept it via the normal
upload path, Ubuntu archive admins can do it by way of a delete followed
by a copy.

Doing so for binary packages would be contrary to Ubuntu archive policy
for the obvious reason that apt clients would then be stranded on an old
version that compares greater than all current versions.  Doing so for
source packages would be unconventional but could be discussed.

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Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@xxxxxxxxxx]