confusing isc-dhcp publishing history in Debian

Asked by Nish Aravamudan on 2016-08-05

In attempting to resolve LP: #1597414, I spent some time examining: https://launchpad.net/debian/+source/isc-dhcp/+publishinghistory.

I would like to verify the Launchpad import of the Debian history is correct. In particular, for Sid, I see:

...
4.2.2.dfsg.1-3
4.2.2.dfsg.1-4
4.2.2.dfsg.1-5
4.2.4-1
4.2.4-2
4.2.4-3
4.2.4-4
4.2.2.dfsg.1-5
4.2.2.dfsg.1-5+deb70u2
4.2.4-5
4.2.4-6
4.2.2.dfsg.1-5+deb70u3
4.2.4-7
4.2.2.dfsg.1-5+deb70u6
...

Not only does the versioning not increase monotonically (which we can work around in our importer by manual override), but the same version was published twice (4.2.2.dfgs.1-5). The latter case is much harder for us to handle (without some redesign), as we assume a version is only published once in a given series/pocket. We could include the publishing date information, but I wanted to confirm what sort of assumptions I can make in the importer code re

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William Grant (wgrant) said : #1

The import is completely correct (apart from a handful of versions that were unable to be imported at all) from roughly early 2012. All the oddities you mention come from the source archive, and you can confirm them in the dists/ trees on snapshot.debian.org.

In Debian it's common for multiple versions to exist in a suite simultaneously (eg. because some architectures are stuck on the old version). In both Debian and Ubuntu versions can reappear, eg. because an SRU caused a regression and had to be reverted in an emergency.

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