Bug#586328: Bug#153860: Bug#586328: gtk-doc-tools: Upgrade fails: ERROR: emacsen-common being used before being configured.
rlb at defaultvalue.org
Sat Jun 26 16:50:30 UTC 2010
Josselin Mouette <joss at debian.org> writes:
> severity 586328 serious
> Le vendredi 18 juin 2010 à 14:36 +0200, Ludovic Rousseau a écrit :
>> Preparing to replace gtk-doc-tools 1.10-1 (using
>> .../gtk-doc-tools_1.15-1_all.deb) ...
>> ERROR: emacsen-common being used before being configured.
>> ERROR: This is likely a bug in the gtk-doc-tools package, which needs to
>> ERROR: add one of the appropriate dependencies.
>> ERROR: See /usr/share/doc/emacsen-common/debian-emacs-policy.gz
>> ERROR: for details.
> This is a serious WTF in emacsen-common and/or emacs itself. It’s not
> appropriate to add a dependency on emacsen-common just for the sake of
> including support for an editor.
> The bug (CCed) has been known for 8 years, so I’ll assume it won’t be
> fixed and will simply drop emacs support from gtk-doc.
I believe you only need the dependency if you want to byte-compile code,
and you can always create a separate, optional foo-el package.
As I've said before, while it might be possible to rework things to
remove the dependency, the original problem was complicated -- the
current arrangement wasn't chosen arbirarily. And in general, if you
want to use a compiled language, it's not unreasonable to expect some
infrastructure (perl, python, etc.).
rlb @defaultvalue.org and @debian.org
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