overrides for some errors no longer work

Bug #824122 reported by Brian Thomason on 2011-08-10
This bug affects 2 people
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lintian (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I haven't dug into it deeply to see what errors it effects (perhaps all, perhaps just this one), but the newest version of lintian in Oneiric (2.5.2~git20110804ubuntu1) does not honor the override dir-or-file-in-opt. The previous version I used (2.5.1ubuntu1) worked properly in this regard.

Niels Thykier (niels-thykier) wrote :


This is a feature of the new Lintian profiles in 2.5.2. Vendor profiles may declare some tags non-overridable and dir-or-file-in-opt is one of those. The ubuntu vendor profile inherits this (indirectly) from the ftp-master-auto-reject profile.
  Whether these tags should be "non-overridable" in Ubuntu, I do not know. I will leave it to Ubuntu developers to figure that out and send patches to us accordingly.

If this package is for a third-party vendor, it may be useful to create a separate lintian profile for that vendor. Please refer to the Lintian user manual (installed in /usr/share/doc/lintian/) for more info on what profiles can do and how to make them.

I can second that Lintian could be more helpful with declaring that it has ignored overrides.


Brian Thomason (brian-thomason) wrote :

Many thanks for the info there - it is much appreciated.

I will look into which is more appropriate, a profile or a patch, but this definitely shouldn't be non-overrideable in Ubuntu as A.) All of our Partner packages install here by default and B.) All user-submitted apps do as well.

Not a big deal though, thanks again for the info!


Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) on 2012-06-13
Changed in lintian (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Niels Thykier (niels-thykier) wrote :

An update on this: Lintian/2.5.3 properly reports if certain overrides may have been ignored due to the current profile (with --verbose it lists tags it saw overrides for).

As mentioned earlier, patches for the Ubuntu profile are still welcome.


lamby (lamby) wrote :

Any movement on this folks?

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