May 13, 2009, 7:06 am
The debug packages will remain out of the standard installation to save space, but they can be easily installed through apt-get.
Weâ€šÃ„Ã´ve put this on hold a bit longer than many other distributions â€šÃ„Ã¬ mostly because we prefer doing things right over doing them quickly. The approach many others have taken is adding a %debug_package statement to the spec files for every package that should have a debug subpackage â€šÃ„Ã® effectively causing a lot of work for packagers, making sure not all packages get the debug subpackage, and not making sure packages built by 3rd parties get debug packages.
Weâ€šÃ„Ã´ve opted for (and finally implemented) the opposite â€šÃ„Ã® any package that contains binaries will automatically produce a -debug subpackage, unless the packager explicitly requests it not to, by putting â€šÃ„Ãº%define no_debug_package 1â€šÃ„â‰¥ into his spec file.
This should make debugging problems much easier for users of the upcoming release.