Quoting Johannes Schauer (2017-07-05 18:26:40)
> Quoting Jonas Smedegaard (2017-07-05 17:46:19)
> > Quoting Johannes Schauer (2017-07-05 17:15:46)
> > > Standards-Version 3.9.8 is outdated. npm2deb should generate version 
> > > 4.0.0 instead.
> > Just to avoid misunderstanding: Standards-Version should *only* be 
> > changed as a *result* of verifying that said the package comply with 
> > said version of Debian Policy.
> > 
> > 
> > > The current recommended compat level for debhelper is 10. npm2deb 
> > > should use that one instead of compat level 9.
> > Please bump debhelper compatibility level only when really needed, 
> > to help ease backportability (to _any_ environment, not only 
> > backport.debian.org).
> 
> Maybe I misunderstand but this bug report is not about "changing" or 
> "bumping" anything.
> 
> Since npm2deb creates the *initial* Debian packaging, the situation 
> where we start with a lower Standards-Version and then have to verify 
> changes before we can "bump" the Standards-Version doesn't arise.

Right, this is not about single package bumping as I confusingly wrote, 
but instead about automated processing where it is even _more_ important 
to verify that the claimed Standards-Version is accurately applied, and 
even _more_ important to consider if newest shiny denhelper really is 
needed!


> Furthermore, I'd argue that any tool which auto-generates Debian 
> packaging data should use the current and/or recommended packaging 
> practices. According to the debhelper man page, compatibility level 10 
> is the "recommended mode of operation".

I am aware that the developers of debhelper promote newest major version 
- that does not change my plea about being more conservative: Use the 
debhelper compatibility level supported in oldstable (currently 9), 
unless some feature requiring a newer compatibility level is needed.


 - Jonas

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