[php-maint] Should we ship a php5-dbg package?

Raphael Geissert atomo64+debian at gmail.com
Tue Mar 4 02:15:04 UTC 2008

On 02/03/2008, Steve Langasek <vorlon at debian.org> wrote:
> On Sun, Mar 02, 2008 at 12:36:52PM -0600, Raphael Geissert wrote:
>  > Given the fact that there are some bug reports filled against php5
>  > which have useless backtraces I was wondering why isn't a -dbg package
>  >  shipped.
>  > IMHO it could help at least to provide useful backtraces on those obscure
>  > bugs.
>  > What do others think?
> I think it's a waste of archive space.  How many of these bugs are there
>  without useful backtraces?

A very quick look at some reports: #431044, #440775, #434404; there
might be others out there

> Is there some reason they don't have
>  reproducible test cases accompanying them, that anyone who knows how to
>  rebuild php5 could grab a backtrace for?

As Sean stated on his message, rebuilding PHP5 with debug symbols
takes some time, time we should better spend hunting down those or
other issues.

Is there any reason why we shouldn't? (besides the one about archive
space which IMHO is not a strong argument).

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