chromium-browser epoch bump for transitional package?

Robie Basak robie.basak at
Wed Aug 12 12:31:54 UTC 2020

In doing SRU reviews today, I came across LP: #1889106 which is a
request for a no-change rebuild to bump the version so it beats the
versions presented in previous releases.

The problem is real, but it seems suboptimal to me to keep fixing it
this way. We'll need to keep SRUing chromium-browser to Focal (and later
releases presumably). Every time we do that, all users (who have the
transitional package) get yet another update to download, even if it is
small. And every time it takes both Olivier's and the SRU team's time.

Would an epoch bump be a better option here? Debian doesn't currently
carry a package with that name, so we're already diverged enough that I
don't forsee a problem from there.
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