NEWS.Debian entries intended for developers - backwards-incompatible changes in Perl HTML::Tree (Fwd: apt-listchanges news for vinci)
Perl HTML::Tree 5 has backwards-incompatible interface changes.
Version 5.00-1 added a NEWS.Debian entry to warn about that. As the
entry below shows, it is intended for developers (although it could
actually make sense to warn users too that the interface is
unversioned). But it also shows for simple users who have the
library installed. I was in this case when libhtml-tree-perl
migrated to testing and I upgraded my system. The operation was
interrupted with a prompt which requested my intervention (I use
apt-listchanges). I simply use Gnucash, and find this warning
unnecessary. The problem is that this library doesn't have a binary
package and a development package; everything is in the same
package. The proportion of people with libhtml-tree-perl using the
package for development must be very small, and I don't think this
entry is worth the noise. On the other hand, it's not completely
worthless. Do we have guidance on NEWS.Debian usage, giving advice
for such situations?
-------- Original Message --------
libhtml-tree-perl (5.00-1) unstable; urgency=low
[THINGS THAT MAY BREAK YOUR CODE OR TESTS]
* Use weak references to avoid memory leaks
See "Weak References" in HTML::Element for details.
* new_from_file now dies if the file cannot be opened. $! records
the specific problem. (Previously, you got a tree with a few
* Some methods normally returning a scalar could return the empty
list in certain circumstances. This has been corrected. The
affected methods are: address, deobjectify_text, detach, is_inside,
* deprecate the Version sub/method. Use the VERSION method instead.
-- gregor herrmann <firstname.lastname@example.org> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:50:32 +0200