-dbg packages (Was Re: Debugging symbols for KDE PPA packages)

Mitch Golden mgolden at mitchgolden.com
Wed Jun 6 04:29:22 UTC 2012

I am a bit late to this discussion I know, but I have a question. 
Shouldn't there be dbg packages for the stable releases as well?  If there 
are bugs in the stable releases, isn't it important to be able to properly 
report them?

   - Mitch Golden

On Sun, 27 May 2012, Philip Muskovac wrote:

> On Sunday 27 May 2012 00:08:23 Philip Muskovac wrote:
>> While we packaged the git splitup in KDE, we decided that providing -dbg
>> packages for a few packages wouldn't be worth it. Now, while that (probably)
>> makes sense for stable releases, I don't believe it makes any sense for
>> BETA packages. And I have at least [1] open bug report about missing
>> debugging symbols in the PPA's. So if we want to provide 4.9 packages in
>> the beta ppa for precise, we need a solution.
>> This is what I believe we could do:
>> A)     Force generation of -dbgsym packages by patching pkg-create-dbgsym
>> 	 and pkgbinarymangler. I haven't quite figured that out yet though.
>> B)	Just add the missing -dbg packages.
> add
> C) make pkg-kde-tool somehow add a -dbg package when it sees that none exists
> yet. I have no idea how long that would take to implement.
> Philip
>> My problem with A is that it requires additional PPA space, even if we
>> improve the compression because many packages would have their debugging
>> symbols twice.
>> B is more work, and would cause a larger diff for all affected packages.
>> Does someone else have another idea how this could be done? Otherwise we
>> could have a vote what to use in the end. (BEFORE we backport 4.8.80 to
>> precise if possible)
>> Philip
>> [1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/+bug/935905

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