# To subscribers of the xforms list from Peter S Galbraith <GalbraithP@dfo-mpo.gc.ca> :
I just noticed a packaging error (on my part) in the Debian
packages of XForms for non-i386 arches.
Debian binary packages are usually built on each arch by
compiling common sources and moving the binaries into place in
the packages. Since XForms doesn't have released source code, I
made the Debian binary packaging by copying the pre-compiled
binaries into place. I just noticed that while each arch used
it's own libforms.a and libforms.so files (which vary in version
number from 0.89.0 to 0.89.5), my script copied forms.h from the
i386 tree (version 0.89.5) for all arches. The non-i386 Debian
packages of libforms-dev and libforms0.88-dev have forms.h header
files that may not match the library minor version.
I'll fix the XForms packages in Debian before the next stable
release (of woody). But how much trouble do you think this might
Do you think I should file bugs against _all_ packages built
against the library as a pre-emptive measure? Or if no-one have
filed bugs yet, perhaps there's no problem?
(Note that this implies lost of work unfortunately. Getting
Debian packages that depend on XForms built for non-i386 arches
is difficult because of the non-free nature of XForms. The
Debian auto-builders don't process non-free packages so that
maintainers must do it themselves. That's difficult because we
then need the Debian system admins of the non-i386 machines to
install the libforms-dev package and many of them don't want to.
Thanks (and sorry for my big mistake!)
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