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Package: lintian
Version: 2.5.73

On Sun, Feb 04, 2018 at 03:36:45PM +0530, Chris Lamb wrote:
> Some results coming in:
> Thoughts?

Randomly checked few packages and they were mostly all fpos:
    Ok, this is crazy, he deserves what he got for being too clever with
    make :D
    Not sure why this is matched, I thought it wouldn't have been:
    |   dh_auto_test --no-parallel
    Similar to the previous:
    |   dh_auto_test -- VERBOSE=1
    Also similar:
    |   dh_auto_test || echo "Ignoring test failures"
    This seems to be a recurring pattern:
    |   # Disable dh_auto_test at build time
    |   :
    I believe this is going the be another recurring pattern:
    |   echo "Skip dh_auto_test because the tests rely on a display which is 
not there"

Whilst true that the last two technically should deal with
DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=nocheck, I believe running a single `:` or a single
`echo` should be considered fine.

In my random pick, I saw this real positive:
|       make -C tests all
|       GI_TYPELIB_PATH=tests LD_LIBRARY_PATH=tests xvfb-run dh_auto_test
I recommend to add a similar thing to the testsuite, as this one is
*also* calling dh_auto_test, but it should still handle
DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=nocheck by hand.

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Source: lintian
Source-Version: 2.5.74

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

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Date: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:41:55 +0000
Source: lintian
Binary: lintian
Architecture: source all
Version: 2.5.74
Distribution: unstable
Urgency: medium
Maintainer: Debian Lintian Maintainers <>
Changed-By: Chris Lamb <>
 lintian    - Debian package checker
Closes: 679124 738442 756130 762113 817170 858588 869547 889102 889486 889489 
889535 889591 889592 889628 889638 889639 889746 889760 889814 889856
 lintian (2.5.74) unstable; urgency=medium
   * Summary of tag changes:
     + Added:
       - control-tarball-compression-format
       - data-tarball-compression-format
       - debian-rules-is-dh_make-template
       - init.d-script-should-always-start-service
       - jar-contains-source
       - missing-systemd-service-for-init.d-script
       - override_dh_auto_test-does-not-check-DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS
       - source-contains-prebuilt-wasm-binary
       - spelling-error-in-patch-description
       - systemd-service-file-refers-to-unusual-wantedby-target
     + Renamed:
       - systemd-no-service-for-init-script ->
       - systemd-no-service-for-init-rcS-script ->
     + Removed:
       - override_dh_auto_test-does-not-check-DEB_BUILD_PROFILES
   * checks/changelog-file.desc:
     + [CL] Improve the long description of epoch-change-without-comment.
       Based on suggestions by Raphael Hertzog and Ian Jackson - thanks!
       (Closes: #889814)
   * checks/cruft.desc:
     + [BR] Check for wasm files.  (Closes: #889102)
     + [CL] Factor out call to _ships_examples to avoid excessive looping
       over $sorted_index.
     + [CL] Do not emit package-does-not-install-examples if we don't have
       any binary packages in our laboratory.  (Closes: #889591)
     + [CL] Improve the description of package-does-not-install-examples to
       give more debhelper advice.
     + [CL] Assume that if a source package generates a binary ending in
       "-examples" then it does ship examples.
   * checks/deb-format.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Add a classification tag for the .deb data tarball compression
       format.  (Closes: #738442)
     + [CL] Add a classification tag for the control tarball compression
       format.  (Closes: #889856)
   * checks/
     + [CL] Avoid false positives when checking binary packages depending on
       toolchain packages by ignoring packages starting with "dh-" or ending
       with "-source". Thanks to Josh Triplett for the report.
       (Closes: #889486)
   * checks/
     + [BR] Add context for privacy breach in order to improve debugging.
   * checks/fields.desc:
     + [CL] Downgrade severity of build-depends-on-obsolete-package from
       error to warning.  (Closes: #889638)
   * checks/java.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Only warn about bad-jar-name for "public" .jar files.
       (Closes: #889628)
     + [CL] Check for .jar files that embed alongside a Foo.class
       file.  (Closes: #762113)
   * checks/init.d.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Warn about packages that use ENABLED="true" (etc.) in
       /etc/default files.
   * checks/patch-systems.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Avoid emitting "Can't use an undefined value as an ARRAY
       reference" warnings when debian/patches is a file, not a directory.
       (Closes: #889535)
     + [CL] Check spelling of patch headers.  (Closes: #756130)
   * checks/rules.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Fix a number of false-positives when checking the
       "override_dh_auto_test-does-not-check-DEB_BUILD_PROFILES" tag
       (Closes: #889592)
     + [CL] Make a large number of changes suggested by Mattia Rizzolo to
       the override_dh_auto_test-does-not-check-DEB_BUILD_PROFILES tag,
       renaming it to reference DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS throughout, add Debian
       Policy 4.9.1 to the tag's Ref, lower "Certanty" to "wild-guess" and
       mark the tag as experimental, updating the tests to match.
       (Closes: #889746)
     + [CL] Check for debian/rules files that are dh_make templates.
       (Closes: #679124)
   * checks/scripts.desc:
     + [CL] Improve, elaborate and tidy the long description of the
       maintainer-script-should-not-use-recursive-chown-or-chmod tag.
       Heavily based on a patch by Daniel Kahn Gillmor - thanks!
       (Closes: #889489)
   * checks/
     + [CL] Prevent false positives when checking for missing NOTICE.txt
       files by looking inside .jar archives.  (Closes: #889760)
   * checks/systemd.{desc,pm}:
     + [CL] Warn about unit files that install to usual WantedBy= targets.
       Thanks to Sam Morris for the initial patch.  (Closes: #817170)
     + [CL] Rework the no service detection, improving the (rarely
       overridden) tag names to better match what they detect as well as
       adding a new "missing-systemd-service-for-init.d-script" pedantic tag
       where we do not have an equivalent unit as this implies missing
       bespoke security hardening support, etc. Thanks to Lucas Nussbaum for
       his input.  (Closes: #858588)
   * checks/
     + [CL] Add simple GOTO parsing to avoid false positives when checking
       for udev rules for SUBSYSTEM specifiers.  (Closes: #869547, #889639)
   * commands/reporting-{html-reports,lintian-harness}.pm:
     + [NT] Register packages that fail during archive wide processing.
   * data/files/privacy-breaker-fragments:
     + [BR] Detect new fragments for Google CSE.
   * data/spelling/corrections:
     + [PW] Add a number of corrections.
   * lib/Lintian/
     + [NT] Give lower processing priority to packages that repeatedly
       trigger errors during archive-wide processing.
   * reporting/templates/index.tmpl:
     + [NT] Display summary of how many groups had errors during their
       last processing.
   * reporting/templates/{lintian.css,maintainer}.tmpl:
     + [NT] Use a distinct error status instead of "Outdated" for
       packages with errors during their last processing.
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