On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 02:23:59 (CEST), Felipe Sateler wrote:
> On 14/08/10 11:08, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
>> On Sat, Aug 14, 2010 at 16:19:27 (CEST), Felipe Sateler wrote:
>>> On 14/08/10 06:13, Reinhard Tartler wrote:
>>>> debhelper maintains a history of very stable interfaces, called compat
>>>> levels. I'd really love to see something similar to cdbs. And this very
>>>> strict commitment to stable interfaces and semantics help a lot for
>>>> backporting packages.
>>> How does maintaining several API versions (compat levels) help
>> You can pretty much rely on the exact behavior of debhelper
>> commands. future improvements and addition are still possible at higher
>> levels, but for the sake of compatibility, they are not used until you
>> bump the debhelper compat level.
> But that is forward-porting, not backporting.
if you always use the most recent debhelper compat level, then yes. If
you leave your package at the highest compat level that is in the oldest
release you care about, then it helps backporting.
for stable this would mean to avoid the short form 'dh' forms with the
quilt series features.
Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4
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