Bug#610499: mozilla-devscripts expands ${xpi:Depends} too narrowly

Daniel Kahn Gillmor dkg at fifthhorseman.net
Wed Jan 19 05:57:08 UTC 2011

Package: mozilla-devscripts
Version: 0.25
Severity: normal

I help maintain xul-ext-monkeysphere for debian and as part of

Upstream mainly uses debian, and we maintain an apt repo for users of
other debian-style systems to pull from.

We just got this report upstream that the xul-ext-monkeysphere package
depends on iceweasel, even though firefox should satisfy the


The debian packaging uses ${xpi:Depends} in debian/control (and
therefore depends on mozilla-devscripts to expand the value).  it
seems like this should be iceweasel | firefox since those applications
share a uuid, right?  however, it appears to only expand to iceweasel,
which makes the upstream-generated package fail on ubuntu.

If i'm misunderstanding what mozilla-devscripts is supposed to do,
feel free to clarify and close this bug.

Thanks for maintaining mozilla-devscripts!


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing'), (200, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.37-trunk-686 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages mozilla-devscripts depends on:
ii  dpkg-dev               Debian package development tools
ii  fakeroot                1.14.4-1         Gives a fake root environment
ii  perl                    5.10.1-17        Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  python                  2.6.6-3+squeeze5 interactive high-level object-orie
ii  python-librdf        Python language bindings for the R
ii  python-support          1.0.10           automated rebuilding support for P
ii  quilt                   0.48-7           Tool to work with series of patche
ii  unzip                   6.0-4            De-archiver for .zip files
ii  wget                    1.12-2.1         retrieves files from the web
ii  zip                     3.0-3            Archiver for .zip files

mozilla-devscripts recommends no packages.

Versions of packages mozilla-devscripts suggests:
ii  cvs                        1:1.12.13-12  Concurrent Versions System
ii  git                        1: fast, scalable, distributed revisi
pn  mercurial                  <none>        (no description available)

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