chromium-browser epoch bump for transitional package?

Olivier Tilloy olivier.tilloy at
Tue Aug 25 13:40:21 UTC 2020

On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 2:47 AM Steve Langasek
<steve.langasek at> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 01:31:54PM +0100, Robie Basak wrote:
> > 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.
> I agree that an epoch bump on the transitional .deb in focal is a reasonable
> solution for this issue.

To follow up on this issue, I uploaded chromium-browser
1:84.0.4147.135-0ubuntu1 to groovy yesterday, and I will SRU to focal
as soon as the current SRU hits focal-updates.

Thanks Robie for suggesting this solution, and Dimitri and Steve for
validating it.


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