The following commit has been merged in the 1.9 branch:
commit 4b73a722220455530ffa569fd1439d67f1a63c33
Author: Francesco Paolo Lovergine <fran...@debian.org>
Date:   Tue Feb 21 15:13:48 2012 +0100

    Updated the debian NEWS file

diff --git a/debian/NEWS b/debian/NEWS
index 6ed6fcf..0be220a 100644
--- a/debian/NEWS
+++ b/debian/NEWS
@@ -4,8 +4,10 @@ gdal (1.8.0-2) unstable; urgency=low
    interface which has to be considered the only officially supported.
    The library still exports C++ symbols but the Debian package has introduced
    symbol files and symbol versioning in order to track changes and possibly
-   introduce ad hoc patches whenever required in order to minimize the number
-   of manual rebuilds of reverse dependencies.
+   introduce ad hoc patches whenever requiredi, in order to minimize the number
+   of manual rebuilds of reverse dependencies. The good side effect of
+   versioning script is that all symbols exported by the library which are
+   not part of the GDAL/OGR API set are now definitively hidden.
    The use of symbol versioning could possibly introduce breakages against
    third parties binaries not built against the Debian version. Be warned.
 

-- 
GDAL/OGR library and tools

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