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regarding lintian: Please warn if versions differ only in the epoch
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Package: lintian
Version: 2.5.65
Severity: wishlist

Dear Maintainer,

The recent "Debian part of a version number when epoch is bumped" has
highlighted the fact that the epoch is not included in the names of the various
package files (source and binary) and that this can potentially cause problems
in various situations (both within Debian and for our downstreams).

Due to the filenames we are already implicitly requiring that all versions used
in a source package name's history are unique even once the epochs are stripped
off (e.g. a given $upstream-$debianrev must be unique and not differ only in
the epoch).

Perhaps lintian could check for this by comparing the current version with the
historical ones in debian/changelog.

Raphael notes in [1]:

> Note however that such a lintian check should not consider changelog
> entries indicating another source package name.

Which seems wise.



-- System Information:
Debian Release: buster/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386, armhf, armel, arm64

Kernel: Linux 4.13.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), 
LANGUAGE=en_GB.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages lintian depends on:
ii  binutils                          2.29.1-12
ii  bzip2                             1.0.6-8.1
ii  diffstat                          1.61-1+b1
ii  dpkg                    
ii  file                              1:5.32-1
ii  gettext                 
ii  intltool-debian                   0.35.0+20060710.4
ii  libapt-pkg-perl                   0.1.33
ii  libarchive-zip-perl               1.60-1
ii  libclass-accessor-perl            0.51-1
ii  libclone-perl                     0.39-1
ii  libdpkg-perl            
ii  libemail-valid-perl               1.202-1
ii  libfile-basedir-perl              0.07-1
ii  libipc-run-perl                   0.96-1
ii  liblist-moreutils-perl            0.416-1+b3
ii  libparse-debianchangelog-perl     1.2.0-12
ii  libperl5.26 [libdigest-sha-perl]  5.26.1-3
ii  libtext-levenshtein-perl          0.13-1
ii  libtimedate-perl                  2.3000-2
ii  liburi-perl                       1.72-2
ii  libxml-simple-perl                2.24-1
ii  libyaml-libyaml-perl              0.63-2+b2
ii  man-db                  
ii  patchutils                        0.3.4-2
ii  perl                              5.26.1-3
ii  t1utils                           1.41-2
ii  xz-utils                          5.2.2-1.3

Versions of packages lintian recommends:
ii  libperlio-gzip-perl  0.19-1+b4

Versions of packages lintian suggests:
ii  binutils-multiarch     2.29.1-12
ii  dpkg-dev     
ii  libhtml-parser-perl    3.72-3+b2
ii  libtext-template-perl  1.47-1

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Source: lintian
Source-Version: 2.5.75

We believe that the bug you reported is fixed in the latest version of
lintian, which is due to be installed in the Debian FTP archive.

A summary of the changes between this version and the previous one is

Thank you for reporting the bug, which will now be closed.  If you
have further comments please address them to,
and the maintainer will reopen the bug report if appropriate.

Debian distribution maintenance software
Chris Lamb <> (supplier of updated lintian package)

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Format: 1.8
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:24:49 +0000
Source: lintian
Binary: lintian
Architecture: source all
Version: 2.5.75
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Debian Lintian Maintainers <>
Changed-By: Chris Lamb <>
 lintian    - Debian package checker
Closes: 762753 889964 889991 890100 890298 890358 890361
 lintian (2.5.75) unstable; urgency=medium
   * Summary of tag changes:
     + Added:
       - debian-rules-uses-unnecessary-dh-argument
       - missing-explanation-for-repacked-upstream-tarball
       - udevadm-called-without-guard
   * checks/changelog-file.desc:
     + [CL] When checking latest-debian-changelog-entry-without-new-version
       ignore any change of epoch.  (Closes: #889991)
   * checks/debhelper.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Warn when specifying --parallel to dh(1) in compat levels >= 10.
       Thanks to Nicolas Braud-Santoni for the idea.  (Closes: #890358)
     + [CL] Add a missing verb to the long description of the
       dh-quilt-addon-but-quilt-source-format tag.
   * checks/
     + [CL] Tidy logic for detecting allowed rel="" values in <link/>
       HTML tags.
     + [CL] Allow rel="canonical" in <link/> HTML tags; they are used by
       search engines (etc.) and do not cause internet access.
       (Closes: #762753)
   * checks/init.desc:
     + [CL] Improve various parts of the long description for
   * checks/patch-systems.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Avoid false positives when checking for typos by ignoring files
       or patch descriptions that contain the words "typo" or "spelling".
       Thanks to Bas Couwenberg for the report.  (Closes: #889964)
     + [CL] Check the first line of the description separately for spelling
       errors to avoid false-positive duplicate checks across a patch
       description's synopsis and its body.  (Closes: #890100)
   * checks/python.desc:
     + [CL] Underline that maintainers do not need to override the
       new-package-should-not-package-python2-module tag but rather leave a
       comment in debian/changelog.
   * checks/scripts.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Check for maintainer scripts that call udevadm without a guard
       as it can fail within a chroot.  (Closes: #890298)
   * checks/source-copyright.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Emit a pendatic warning for packages with repacked upstream
       tarballs that lack a Files-Excluded or Comment header in
   * collection/override-file:
     + [CL] Actually pick the first out of debian/source/lintian-overrides
       and debian/source.lintian-overrides. Thanks to Thorsten Glaser for
       the report.  (Closes: #890361)
   * commands/reporting-html-reports.html:
     + [NT] Minimize generated SVG files if scour is installed and
       available in PATH.
   * data/spelling/corrections:
     + [PW] Add a number of corrections.
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