Debian Bug report logs - #688896
ITP: fpm -- Effing Package Management

Package: wnpp; Maintainer for wnpp is;

Reported by: Dan Kegel <>

Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:30:01 UTC

Owned by: Laurent Bigonville <>

Severity: wishlist

Done: Laurent Bigonville <>

Bug is archived. No further changes may be made.

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Hi Laurent,

I had a look at fpm a while back, but the way it's implemented makes it
a pretty bad idea, in my opinion. It will generate a .deb file by
running tar and ar etc manually, completely bypassing what dpkg does.

While this happens to work and *might* be the right thing to do on
non-Debian systems, I don't think it's something a tool in Debian should
do. Please consider at least patching it so it uses dpkg behind the
radar, rather than trying to bypass it entirely.

Copyshops should do vouchers. So that next time some bureaucracy
requires you to mail a form in triplicate, you can mail it just once,
add a voucher, and save on postage.

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