please make distro-specific strings a build-time parameter

Bug #95168 reported by Robert Millan on 2007-03-23
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Software Updater
update-manager (Debian)
Fix Released
update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Please could you make distro-specific strings a build-time parameter? I.e. during
build, detect wether we're running on Ubuntu or Debian and build the strings
based on that.

For details, see:

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Thanks for your bugreport.

I will fix that, but most likely post-feisty (sorry, too much stuff).


Changed in update-manager:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
Robert Millan (rmh-aybabtu) wrote :

No big deal, the most significant strings can probably be quick-fixed for etch.

Thanks for your interest

Sven Arvidsson (sa) wrote :

There's a similar issue with the documentation. It would be great if this could be handled in a way that makes it easier for Debian (and Debian/Ubuntu derivatives) to add it's own changes and keep much of the manual generic.


Anyway, thanks for caring about this.

Sebastian Heinlein (glatzor) wrote :

We allready removed many hardcoded strings and make use of lsb_release to detect the distro. Debian has got a quite old version of update-manager.

Furthermore we should use the components and the corresponding labels from python-apt. Currently the Ubuntu repo componets are hardcoded.

I will talk to mdke, the docbook guru, about how to use variables in the documentation.



Changed in update-manager:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in update-manager:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Changed in update-manager:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Artur Rona (ari-tczew) wrote :

 update-manager (0.200.0~rc2-1) unstable; urgency=low

   [ Stephan Peijnik ]
   * New upstream release.
   * Fixed typo in software-properties-gtk invocation code (Closes: #543954).
   * Fixed incorrect gconf exception handling (Closes: #544009).
   * Removed backported patch for bashisms in
     data/bug_script/ fixed upstream.
   * Added patch for incorrect handling of SystemError exceptions in the
     python-apt backend.

   [ Emilio Pozuelo Monfort ]
   * debian/ Clean up trailing whitespaces and change tabs with
   * Standards-Version is 3.8.3, no changes needed.
   * debian/pycompat: Removed, no longer needed since the switch to pysupport.

 -- Stephan Peijnik <email address hidden> Fri, 28 Aug 2009 10:56:07 +0200

Changed in update-manager (Debian):
importance: Unknown → Undecided
status: Confirmed → New
status: New → Fix Released
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

We will switch to the 0.2xx version of update-manager in the karmic cycle.

Stephan Peijnik (speijnik) wrote :

I believe Michael meant karmic+1 there.

The 0.2xx series still has a few problems and Debian is being used as a huge testbed right now. Don't get me wrong, most things work perfectly well, but some things that are needed for Ubuntu (read: dist upgrading) have not been implemented yet.

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