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Return of unversioned boost -dev packages (boost-defaults)

Hello, I’m pleased to announce the upload of boost-defaults, a new package that supplies unversioned -dev packages for Boost (libboost-dev, etc.) that simply depend on the current “default” Boost version (today, it is Boost 1.38.0).

This means that libboost-dev and friends have effectively been
upgraded from Boost 1.34.1 (nearly 2 years old) to 1.38.0.
Maintainers of a package using these unversioned -dev packages (see
below) are advised to check whether their package continues to build
with 1.38 now. If not, it would be great to upload a fix. The
release team has indicated that bin-NMUs will be scheduled later on,
but would appreciate if maintainers take this opportunity to check for
failures and fix them ahead of the bin-NMUs.

Some packages have switched to a newer Boost version, and thus had to
use a versioned -dev package such as libboost1.37-dev. If you believe
the code isn’t sensitive to the Boost version, you could now switch
back to using unversioned -dev packages.

Some Details
————

In February, we (the Debian Boost packaging team) sent an email [1] to
maintainers of affected packages that boost 1.34.1 would be removed
from the archive and, with it, the unversioned -dev packages for
Boost. Starting with Boost 1.35, all the -dev package names include
the Boost version; e.g. libboost-python1.35-dev, etc.

One common reaction to this from maintainers of packages
build-depending on Boost was a request to retain the unversioned -dev
package names. At the time, I didn’t know how to achieve that
together with our other goals; fortunately, Adeodato Sim� was able to
explain it to me (see threads [2,3,4]). The result is a new package,
boost-defaults, that supplies the unversioned -dev packages but which
now depend on Boost 1.38 rather than the previous 1.34.1.

Regards,
-Steve

[1] http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/pkg-boost-devel/2009-February/001773.html
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2009/03/msg00147.html
[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2009/04/msg00251.html
[4] http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2009/05/msg00011.html

List of packages currently using unversioned -dev packages
———————————————————-

(The package addresses are Bcc’d in this message)

Daniel Leidert (dale)
avogadro (U)
openbabel (U)

Guenter Geiger (Debian/GNU)
ardour (U)

Felipe Augusto van de Wiel (faw)
mypasswordsafe

Tim Abbott
polybori

Michael Banck
avogadro (U)
openbabel (U)
referencer
schroot (U)

Daniel Baumann
vmware-view-open-client

Florent Bayle
hugin (U)

Dominique Belhachemi
sofa-framework (U)

Armin Berres
kdebase-workspace (U)
kdeedu (U)
kdenetwork (U)
kdepim (U)
kdepimlibs (U)
kdeplasma-addons (U)
kdesdk (U)

Eduard Bloch
encfs

Raphael Bossek
xsd

Gonéri Le Bouder
vegastrike (U)

Fathi Boudra
akonadi (U)
kdebase-workspace (U)
kdeedu (U)
kdenetwork (U)
kdepim (U)
kdepimlibs (U)
kdeplasma-addons (U)
kdesdk (U)

Ludovic Brenta
monotone (U)

Cyril Brulebois
hugin (U)
luxrender
pingus (U)

Luca Bruno
nemiver

Richard Antony Burton
kicad (U)

Ben Burton
regina-normal

Ross Burton
exmap (U)

Luk Claes
schroot (U)

Andrea Corradi
nemiver (U)

LI Daobing openbabel (U)

Debian buildd-tools Developers
schroot

Debian Games Team asc
bulletml
lordsawar
love
performous
pingus
ultrastar-ng
vegastrike

Debian GIS Project gpsdrive

Debian KDE Extras Team ktorrent

Debian LyX Maintainers lyx

Debian Multimedia Team
ardour

Debian PhotoTools Maintainers enblend-enfuse
hugin

Debian Python Modules Team pythonmagick

Debian Qt/KDE Maintainers
akonadi
kdebase-workspace
kdeedu
kdenetwork
kdepim
kdepimlibs
kdeplasma-addons
kdesdk
kdewebdev

Debian VDR Team vdr-plugin-live

Debian VoIP Team mumble
twinkle

Debian-Med Packaging Team
sofa-framework

Debichem Team
avogadro
openbabel

Barry deFreese
asc (U)

Barry deFreese
lordsawar (U)

Cédric Delfosse
stellarium

Alexander Dreyer
polybori (U)

Dirk Eddelbuettel
quantlib
quantlib-swig
rquantlib

Free Ekanayaka
ardour (U)

Bartosz Fenski
asc (U)

Vincent Fourmond
vegastrike (U)

Vedran Furač
bfilter

Carl Fürstenberg
pythonmagick (U)

Bdale Garbee
gnuradio

Tobias Grimm
vdr-plugin-live (U)

Debian QA Group anymeal
d4x
licq
sfftobmp
sffview
soci

Thomas Günther
vdr-plugin-live (U)

Christoph Haas
pdns (U)
pdns-recursor (U)

Yaroslav Halchenko
fslview (U)

Michael Hanke
fsl
fslview

Sebastian Harl
enblend-enfuse (U)

Varun Hiremath
agave
pdfedit

Sven Hoexter
lyx (U)

Ben Hutchings
dvswitch

Michael Janssen
player

Aurelien Jarno
libftdi

Steffen Joeris
dc-qt

Thomas Jollans xmms2 (U)

Robert Jordens
ardour (U)

Julien Jorge
plee-the-bear

Muammar El Khatib
cegui-mk2

Kilian Krause
twinkle (U)

Chris Lamb
geordi

Jonne Lehtinen
xmms2 (U)

Roger Leigh
schroot (U)

Robert Lemmen
noiz2sa

Richard Levitte
monotone (U)

Arthur Loiret
luabind

Ana Beatriz Guerrero Lopez
akonadi (U)
kdebase-workspace (U)
kdeedu (U)
kdenetwork (U)
kdepim (U)
kdepimlibs (U)
kdeplasma-addons (U)
kdesdk (U)
kdewebdev (U)

Francesco Paolo Lovergine
schroot (U)

Robert Luberda
subcommander

Ola Lundqvist
source-highlight

Mikael Magnusson
twinkle (U)

Debian PowerDNS Maintainers pdns
pdns-recursor

Jose Luis Blanco (University of Malaga)
mrpt

Jordan Mantha
avogadro (U)

Santiago Garcia Mantinan
twinkle (U)

Patrick Matthäi mumble (U)

Andres Mejia
vegastrike (U)

Andreas Metzler
hugin (U)

Robert Millan
gnash (U)

Samuel Mimram
exmap

Matthijs Mohlmann
pdns (U)
pdns-recursor (U)

Debian Maintainers for Monotone
monotone

David Martínez Moreno
aqsis
glob2
k3d

Oleksandr Moskalenko
scribus-ng

Thorvald Natvig
mumble (U)

Per Olofsson lyx (U)

Sam Hocevar (Debian packages)
asc (U)
openvrml
vegastrike (U)

David Paleino
libopenraw
pinot

Patrick Patterson pathfinder

Giorgio Pioda
peless

Daniel J. Priem
kicad (U)

Mark Purcell
twinkle (U)

Andreas Putzo
gpsdrive (U)

Wolfram Quester
inkscape

Martin Quinson
widelands

Florian Ragwitz
xmms2

Alexander Reichle-Schmehl
lordsawar (U)

Simon Richter
asio
dammit
debian-xcontrol

Matthew Rosewarne
kdebase-workspace (U)
kdeedu (U)
kdenetwork (U)
kdepim (U)
kdepimlibs (U)
kdesdk (U)

Miriam Ruiz bulletml (U)
gnash
love (U)
performous (U)
pingus (U)
ultrastar-ng (U)

Alexander Sack
gnash (U)

Roberto C. Sanchez
luabind (U)

Ritesh Raj Sarraf
fusecompress

Daniel Schepler
kdeedu (U)

Alexander Schmehl
asc (U)

Thomas Schmidt
vdr-plugin-live (U)

Carlo Segre
objcryst-fox

Gürkan Sengün
evolvotron

Jose Carlos Garcia Sogo
barry
twinkle (U)

Clément Stenac
mkvtoolnix

Jens Taprogge
xmms2 (U)

Enrico Tassi
widelands (U)

Debian Kicad Team
kicad

Magnus Therning
keysafe

Modestas Vainius
akonadi (U)
kdebase-workspace (U)
kdenetwork (U)
kdepim (U)
kdepimlibs (U)
kdeplasma-addons (U)
ktorrent (U)

Xavier Vello
kdewebdev (U)

Sune Vuorela
akonadi (U)
kdebase-workspace (U)
kdeedu (U)
kdenetwork (U)
kdepim (U)
kdepimlibs (U)
kdeplasma-addons (U)
kdesdk (U)
kdewebdev (U)

Peter De Wachter bulletml (U)

Anders Waldenborg
xmms2 (U)

Zack Weinberg
monotone (U)

Torsten Werner
agave (U)
libavg
pdfedit (U)

Bernd Zeimetz
pythonmagick (U)

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