Debugging symbols for KDE PPA packages

Philip Muskovac yofel at
Sat May 26 23:16:53 UTC 2012

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.
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.


> 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]
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