Evan Broder evan at
Sun Nov 13 02:54:19 UTC 2011

On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 6:43 PM, Steve Langasek
<steve.langasek at> wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 04:04:35PM -0800, Evan Broder wrote:
>> On Sat, Nov 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM, Benjamin Drung <bdrung at> wrote:
>> > Am Dienstag, den 08.11.2011, 17:38 -0800 schrieb Evan Broder:
>> >> If there is more that lintian.uw.o could be doing for you, please let me know!
>> > Thanks for setting this service up.
>> > I compared my profiles [1] and [2] and discovered false positive
>> > results: debian-news-entry-has-unknown-version and
>> > non-standard-file-perm
>> Thanks for pointing these out. I believe there is an explanation for
>> both of them; adjusting to correct for it may be difficult, though.
>> > debian-news-entry-has-unknown-version complains about normal Debian
>> > changelog entry versions.
>> debian-news-entry-has-unknown-version is a check on the binary
>> package, so it's comparing those version numbers against the changelog
>> in the binary package. Starting with natty, pkgbinarymangler strips
>> all but the 10 most recent changelog entries. In all cases, the
>> versions lintian is complaining about are not included in the shrunk
>> changelog.
>> I'm not sure what to do with that - maybe pkgbinarymangler should
>> remove NEWS entries not included in the shrunk changelog?
> This would negatively impact the purpose of said NEWS files, which is to
> notify users of changes in the software since the previous version they had
> installed.  There's absolutely no guarantee that the relevant news was
> introduced within the last 10 most recent uploads - especially if the user
> is doing an LTS->LTS upgrade.
> I'd rather we suppress (or otherwise ignore) this warning instead.

Fair enough. That seems reasonable to me. I've now suppressed
debian-news-entry-has-unknown-version in the profile that I use when
generating the reports, and removed past instances of the tag from our
records. It should update within an hour or so.

- Evan

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