Andy Price andy-price at ubuntu.com
Thu Jun 14 01:40:03 BST 2007

On 13/06/07 14:21, Daniel Holbach wrote:
> Hello everybody,
> Am Mittwoch, den 13.06.2007, 12:39 +0100 schrieb Andy Price:
>> Please could somebody clarify what a fakesync is? I've come across this
>> term a few times recently but I can't find anything on the wiki about it
>> apart from meeting minutes which refer to it. How does a fakesync differ
>> from a normal sync or merge? And when would we need to do one?
> two cases come to my mind, where we can't easily merge from Debian:
>       * different .orig.tar.gz: Imagine Ubuntu packaging 1.2.3-0ubuntu1
>         of software A, now Debian packages 1.2.3-1 and we want to sync
>         it. If the .orig.tar.gz files have a different md5sum (because
>         of repackaged tarballs for example), the sync won't work. In
>         that case, we'll do a fakesync and apply the Debian packaging to
>         the Ubuntu tarball, so we can keep the same .orig.tar.gz in the
>         archive.
>       * higher version number: this can either happen if we introduce an
>         epoch (1:2.3.4-0ubuntu1 and 2.3.4-1 in Debian) or if we decide
>         to ship a newer version of it (think development releases vs.
>         stable releases). In that case we need to manually merge the
>         Packaging changes.
> In both cases it's not a sync at all, but something done manually.
> Also when the Build setup was broken, we sometimes had to upload
> 1.2.3-1build1 packages, which were effectively just 1.2.3-1 from Debian
> with an added changelog entry. X-YbuildZ (No Change) uploads will be
> overwritten by the automatic syncs.
> Hope that helps.

That answered my question very well. Thanks a lot, Daniel.

> Have a nice day,

You have a nice day too.

Andy Price

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