On Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 2:22 PM, Andrey Rahmatullin <w...@debian.org> wrote: > On Fri, Feb 09, 2018 at 06:58:49PM +0100, Philipp Kern wrote: >> If Ubuntu uses an epoch without Debian following that decision, they can >> never sync with Debian again, increasing the maintenance burden >> indefinitely. > See e.g. libpulse0 (pulseaudio), sadly (I needed to repack a $job package > and fix the Depends line to use the package on Debian because of that).
Would it hurt to take those epoch bumps into Debian? For instance, the only difference gnome-calculator has in Ubuntu now is the epoch bump. The background is that gcalctool 6.4 was renamed upstream to gnome-calculator 3.7. An overhauled upstream version numbering system seemed a pretty clear case for adding an epoch. A month after this landed in Ubuntu, the Debian packaging used a dh_gencontrol hack to only use an epoch for the transitional package gcalctool allowing the rest of gnome-calculator to avoid an epoch. Pretty cool trick except that it just causes extra work in Ubuntu multiple times a year. Thanks, Jeremy Bicha