Package Details: devscripts 2.23.7-1

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Package Base: devscripts
Description: Scripts to make the life of a Debian Package maintainer easier
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Licenses: GPL2
Conflicts: checkbashisms
Provides: checkbashisms
Submitter: Misery
Maintainer: ItachiSan
Last Packager: ItachiSan
Votes: 27
Popularity: 0.000005
First Submitted: 2008-03-19 22:52 (UTC)
Last Updated: 2023-12-15 20:20 (UTC)

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ItachiSan commented on 2017-05-17 10:50 (UTC) (edited on 2023-02-16 09:00 (UTC) by ItachiSan)

If the package is outdated, please report it with the 'Flag outdated package' above.

If there is an issue regarding packaging, please report it here:

As I do not use this package (I use a Docker container for Debian packaging) please tell me whenever a dependency is missing, so that I can move it from a make dependency to a normal dependency.

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fbrennan commented on 2023-05-27 18:35 (UTC)

The flag is likely invalid as I just pushed a sensible-utils that should work with this package. See

However, @xiota remains right that the dep is dubious.

ItachiSan commented on 2023-02-20 13:43 (UTC)

Thanks @yrlf, had time now to work on the package.

All the suggestions are sound, I applied all of them and gave you credit as contributor :)

damentz commented on 2023-02-19 17:03 (UTC)

@yrlf, thanks, works for me. Maintainer should take your patch and bump the package version.

yrlf commented on 2023-02-16 11:14 (UTC) (edited on 2023-02-16 11:23 (UTC) by yrlf)

Hi! The latest PKGBUILD has a few issues:

  1. you misspelled the conflicts variable as conflicst
  2. you misspelled the package name checkbashisms as checkbashism

Additionally, I want to say that I can reproduce the issues @sa7dse, @Excalibur, and @agraef encountered. Here is a quick rundown of the cause:

  • devscripts/scripts/ tries to import devscripts.test from devscripts/scripts/devscripts/test/
  • python looks for devscripts
  • python instead finds the installed /usr/lib/python3.10/site-packages/devscripts/ (root cause)
  • python looks for devscripts.test in the found package
  • python errors out because the test subpackage was not not installed with the rest (symptom)

I haven't found out why python prefers the installed version over the local one here, since usually it's the other way round; I will dig further into this.

For now, a workaround is to uninstall devscripts and reinstalling it, at least that works for me.

EDIT: I found it! devscripts/scripts/devscripts/ does not exist. python checks for the existence of a or a devscripts/ before looking in site-packages, but this package just doesn't have that file. This works fine if the package is not installed, but breaks if it is already installed.

All changes in a single patch:

diff --git a/PKGBUILD b/PKGBUILD
index a7f2dcc..506b64e 100644
@@ -37,8 +37,8 @@ optdepends=(
     'perl-ipc-run: Required for uscan'
     'perl-lwp-protocol-https: Required for uscan'
@@ -50,6 +50,9 @@ sha256sums=('54eb392b18818460e56c052e40602bc9a1ba33c5349a58017c57b1d312b3ed9a'
     cd "$pkgname"
     patch -p1 -i "$srcdir/fixes.patch"
+    # fix local script not being found when already installed
+    touch "$srcdir/devscripts/scripts/devscripts/"

 build() {

sa7dse commented on 2023-02-16 09:16 (UTC)

The build also fails on all of my machines with:

python3 install --root="/home/dp/git/devscripts/pkg/devscripts" --no-compile
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/dp/git/devscripts/src/devscripts/scripts/", line 8, in <module>
    from devscripts.test import SCRIPTS
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'devscripts.test'

and that is with git cloning this repo and running makepkg

ItachiSan commented on 2023-02-16 09:01 (UTC)

Hi @Excalibur,

I had a similar error reported on Github:

I simply cannot reproduce. Building "the official way" with makepkg leads to no issue. Maybe cleaning the yay cache folder can solve the issue?

Excalibur commented on 2023-02-16 03:06 (UTC)

I got the following error when trying to upgrade 2.23.0-1 -> 2.23.1-2:

==> Starting package()...
make -C scripts/ install DESTDIR=/home/excalibur/.cache/yay/devscripts/pkg/devscripts
make[1]: Entering directory '/home/excalibur/.cache/yay/devscripts/src/devscripts/scripts'
cp bts.bash_completion bash_completion/bts
cp chdist.bash_completion bash_completion/chdist
cp checkbashisms.bash_completion bash_completion/checkbashisms
cp debchange.bash_completion bash_completion/debchange
cp debdiff.bash_completion bash_completion/debdiff
cp debi.bash_completion bash_completion/debi
cp debsign.bash_completion bash_completion/debsign
cp debuild.bash_completion bash_completion/debuild
cp dscextract.bash_completion bash_completion/dscextract
cp dscverify.bash_completion bash_completion/dscverify
cp list-unreleased.bash_completion bash_completion/list-unreleased
cp mk-origtargz.bash_completion bash_completion/mk-origtargz
cp pkgnames.bash_completion bash_completion/pkgnames
cp plotchangelog.bash_completion bash_completion/plotchangelog
cp salsa.bash_completion bash_completion/salsa
cp uscan.bash_completion bash_completion/uscan
cp uupdate.bash_completion bash_completion/uupdate
python3 install --root="/home/excalibur/.cache/yay/devscripts/pkg/devscripts" --no-compile
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/home/excalibur/.cache/yay/devscripts/src/devscripts/scripts/", line 8, in <module>
    from devscripts.test import SCRIPTS
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'devscripts.test'
make[1]: *** [Makefile:154: install] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory '/home/excalibur/.cache/yay/devscripts/src/devscripts/scripts'
make: *** [Makefile:70: install_scripts] Error 2
==> ERROR: A failure occurred in package().
 -> error making: devscripts

weilinfox commented on 2022-11-01 12:54 (UTC)

It seems that perl-moo , perl-ipc-run and perl-lwp-protocol-https are also required for uscan.

anoa commented on 2021-11-16 14:31 (UTC)

Thanks for the tip zadkiel. I needed to add:

mkdir -p $pkgdir/usr/{bin,lib}

before the make DESTDIR="$pkgdir" install line before it would install successfully.

zadkiel commented on 2021-05-12 11:15 (UTC)

It looks like the PKGBUILD misses a build instruction. There should be a mkdir -p $pkgdir/usr/lib before the make install command.