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and subject line Re: Bug#894666: Simplify backports - manpage should suggest 
>=11~ not >=11
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Package: debhelper
Version: 11.1.6
Severity: wishlist

When backporting libpam-mount from experimental to stable, the only change I 
needed was

    -Build-Depends: debhelper (>= 11), …
    +Build-Depends: debhelper (>= 11~), …

The tilde allows ~bpo versions of debhelper to satisfy the constraint.

The debhelper(5) manpage suggestion has no tilde.
Can it have a tilde?

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On Wed, Apr 04, 2018 at 11:46:19AM +1000, Trent W. Buck wrote:
> Won't a similar problem happen if debhelper 12 ships around the time buster 
> becomes stable, and so on?

That's generally unlikely

> I have vague memories of this biting me back when wheezy was stable, but 
> maybe I misremember.

wheezy has 9.20120909, so I don't think so.

> If you're confident this situation is rare enough to be ignorable, I'll defer 
> to you :-)

Yeah, I'm confident of that.

It may have happened with squeeze, because it shipped with 8.0.0, and
back then people put all of '8.0.0' in the >=, instead of just >=8, but
that's it.

A lot of people noticed this case because the 11.1 version couldn't be
backported, and the backport couldn't be updated until now.
I've just uploaded 11.1.6~bpo9+1, so now nobody will notice anymore for
a long time again :)

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