I'm the maintainer of mapnik in Debian (team CCed, please keep it in the 
I saw you did an upload of mapnik with the following changelog:

mapnik (0.7.0-2ubuntu1) lucid; urgency=low

  * Merge from debian testing (LP: #526070), remaining changes:
    - Bump boost build-dep and libmapnik-dev depends to boost1.40
 -- Christophe Sauthier <christophe.sauth...@objectif-libre.com>   Thu, 18 Mar 
2010 01:07:40 +0100

I'd like to discuss this change to you, as it seems an useless delta from 
Debian, which will interfere with automatic syncing.

This is what you changed:

- libboost-thread-dev          >  libboost-thread1.40-dev
- libboost-filesystem-dev      >  libboost-filesystem1.40-dev
- libboost-regex-dev           >  libboost-regex1.40-dev
- libboost-python-dev          >  libboost-python1.40-dev
- libboost-system-dev          >  libboost-system1.40-dev
- libboost-iostreams-dev       >  libboost-iostreams1.40-dev
- libboost-program-options-dev >  libboost-program-options1.40-dev

At the current time of writing, those packages already depend on 1.40 
versions, both in Debian and Ubuntu. I used the unversioned dependencies to 
make it easier to handle Boost transitions, just doing binNMUs instead of 
sourceful uploads.

I think that the only reason to hardcode those dependencies is to correctly 
build this package under Karmic.
As I understand it, though, this is a marginal problem, as Karmic users 
already have mapnik (0.6) in their repositories, and it requires boost 1.38 
(which is the default version there, too). And, if they want to build Lucid 
packages into Karmic, they should be on their own.

What's your rationale for this change?

If possible, I'd like it to be reverted with the next upload in Ubuntu (and 
maybe patches forwarded to your upstream, i.e. Debian, if any -- but maybe 
this is asking too much), or ignored in the next sync from Debian.

Thank you for collaborating,

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