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has caused the Debian Bug report #89072,
regarding a variable debian-version would be useful
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Package: emacs20
Version: 20.7-3
Severity: wishlist

Setting a variable containing the Debian version and release number would be
useful, e.g., to load a file of local customizations (bug-fixes) specific to
the Debian release.

The command 
    (setq debian-emacs-version
      (shell-command-to-string "dpkg -s emacs20 | awk '$1==\"Version:\" {printf 

but it would perhaps be better to set this in a defconst in

Maybe better/additional name is `emacs-version-debian', etc.

May also want to define analogous function `debian-emacs-version' and/or 

-- System Information
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux beth 2.4.0 #1 Fri Feb 16 08:40:02 EST 2001 i686

Versions of packages emacs20 depends on:
ii  emacsen-common                1.4.12     Common facilities for all emacsen.
ii  libc6                         2.2.2-1    GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  liblockfile1                  1.01.1     NFS-safe locking library, includes
ii  libncurses5                   5.0-8      Shared libraries for terminal hand
ii  xlib6g                        4.0.2-1    pseudopackage providing X librarie

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Version: 24.5+1-11+rm

Dear submitter,

as the package emacs24 has just been removed from the Debian archive
unstable we hereby close the associated bug reports.  We are sorry
that we couldn't deal with your issue properly.

For details on the removal, please see

The version of this package that was in Debian prior to this removal
can still be found using

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