[Bug 845487] [NEW] Debian source publication checks have broken

Colin Watson cjwatson at canonical.com
Fri Sep 9 10:18:04 UTC 2011

Public bug reported:

This morning, the Launchpad developers ran an SQL query to convert
Pending source publications in Debian to Published.  The reason they
were Pending was that the program used to import Debian was the same as
that used to initially import Ubuntu into Launchpad, and that initial
import needed to set everything to Pending so that the first publisher
run would work.  However, this was inappropriate for representing the
state of the Debian archive, so things are now being changed over to
Published.  Some newly-created records will still be created as Pending
until the next Launchpad deployment.

This change has broken ubuntu-dev-tools, because there are some bits of
code that assume that Debian publications will always be Pending and not

Internally, Launchpad has this:

active_publishing_status = (

... and to be honest I think that's probably correct for most of the
stuff ubuntu-dev-tools is doing, regardless of whether it's looking at
Debian or Ubuntu; it would make ubuntu-dev-tools effectively more
responsive if it didn't have to wait for a publisher run before noticing
that a package version exists in Ubuntu, for example.

Unfortunately, you can't pass multiple statuses in one API call (bug
845486).  I suppose this either leaves us making multiple calls or
asking for all statuses and filtering afterwards.

** Affects: ubuntu-dev-tools (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

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