DEP8 fixes for xenial

Bug #1779400 reported by Andreas Hasenack on 2018-06-29
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libapache2-mod-perl2 (Ubuntu)
Andreas Hasenack

Bug Description

The biggest impact of this bug is in future apache2 (and others) SRUs. The libapache2-mod-perl2 DEP8 tests are run everytime apache2 is updated, and without the fixes from here, these tests will always fail. Time will be spend in debugging them, and eventually the fix will be found, just like I did for my apache SRU (

Then maybe the SRU team might be convinced to ignore this failure, or ask for a special run with these patches applied showing that the new apache is fixed.

It's unfortunate that to fix a test error we need to push an update out to our users, but I believe in the end this helps them as well, because it's one more test that will be run for future apache2 updates.

[Test Case]
There is a PPA with test packages that can be used until these packages reach propoxed. I suggest an autopkgtest run like the following:

autopkgtest -o dep8-xenial-ppa -U -s --apt-pocket=proposed --setup-commands="sudo add-apt-repository -s -y -u ppa:ahasenack/libapache2-mod-perl2-dep8" -B libapache2-mod-perl2 -- qemu ./autopkgtest-xenial-amd64.img

You will have to adjust the path for the autopkgtest image that you have. If you have none, create one with:

autopkgtest-buildvm-ubuntu-cloud -a amd64 -v -r xenial

That will create a autopkgtest-xenial-amd64.img file in your current directory.

[Regression Potential]
This is just test suite update, but new binaries will be produced. If build-depends of libapache2-mod-perl2 changed dramatically in xenial, this could produce an incompatible set of binaries, which would be a bug we would want to track down if happened.

[Other Info]
Here is a run with the packages from the aforementioned PPA:

== Original Description ==
There are two DEP8 tests that are failing constantly in xenial:


Debian has fixed them:
libapache2-mod-perl2 (2.0.10-2) unstable; urgency=medium

  * Patch the test suite for Apache 2.4.24 compatibility.
    Thanks to Stefan Fritsch. (Closes: #849082)

 -- Niko Tyni <email address hidden> Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:51:10 +0200

This is the diff:

We should backport these to the xenial package, because libapache2-mod-perl2 is in the dependency tree of apache2 DEP8 tests and any apache2 update will trigger these test failures. Artful and higher already have the fixes.

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