[Dehs-devel] Bug#489050: qa.debian.org: PTS says error processing watch file, DEHS says no error

Raphael Geissert atomo64 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 3 17:33:38 UTC 2008

On 03/07/2008, Raphael Hertzog <hertzog at debian.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 03 Jul 2008, Ben Finney wrote:
>  > The PTS page <URL:http://packages.qa.debian.org/l/lojban-common.html>
>  > reports:
>  >
>  >     The package has a debian/watch file, but the last attempt to use
>  >     it for checking for newer upstream versions failed with an error.
>  >
>  > The text "an error" is an anchor linking, not to an error, but to
>  > <URL:http://dehs.alioth.debian.org/maintainer.php?name=lojban-common>,
>  > the DEHS page for the package.
>  [...]
>  > Why is the PTS page claiming there is an error processing the watch
>  > file, and linking to a page that shows there was no such error?

The linked page says it could not check upstream.

>  >
>  > I doubt it's because of some stale state: To my knowledge, the package
>  > has *never* caused an error from its watch file, because the only one
>  > it's ever had has never caused an error.

Because it is "empty" (it does have some comment lines, but nothing
for uscan/DEHS). So DEHS thinks it has to check the watch file, but
since it is empty uscan doesn't complain and DEHS just reports that it
could not check it.

DEHS is not intended to actually examine the watch files so I will add
a lintian check for empty watch files (hoping Russ approves it) and
prevent DEHS from listing packages with no errors from uscan in the
file being grabbed by the PTS.

>  Please complaint to DEHS:
>  http://dehs.alioth.debian.org/no_upstream.txt
>  => it says "lojban-common: Error"
>  Cheers,
>  --
>  Raphaël Hertzog
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