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Re: how to solve a rejected upload to my PPA?


Hi Colin and thanks a lot for your help.

I managed to build my backport by using the .orig from Ubuntu, but I suspected that I made a mistake so I deleted my package (for no good reason). I realized that it was not a mistake, then all my attempts to re-upload the package failed...

I see that backport is still available here:

How to reactivate it, to publish it again??


Le 2020-11-29 à 08 h 15, Colin Watson a écrit :
On Sat, Nov 28, 2020 at 09:04:06PM -0500, Marc Lavallée wrote:
Hi PPA experts, this is my first post and I need help...

I uploaded a package without a properly configured ~/.dput.cf file, so I
suspect it was uploaded to the Primary Archive.

I can't find any record of this, but if it had been uploaded to the
primary archive then it would simply have been rejected since you don't
have upload permissions there.

After fixing my ~/.dput.cf file I uploaded my package again (a few
times) and received messages telling me that my orig file "already
exists in Primary Archive for Ubuntu, but uploaded version has
different contents. See more information about this error in
https://help.launchpad.net/Packaging/UploadErrors. Files specified in
DSC are broken or missing, skipping package unpack verification."

How to fix that issue? It is possible to delete my first upload to the
Primary Archive?

It's not about your previous failed upload, but rather that the package
already exists in Ubuntu
(https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/supercollider-sc3-plugins), and
your .orig tarball apparently doesn't match that.

The best approach would be to use the "backportpackage" tool in
ubuntu-dev-tools instead of building the source package manually: if you
didn't have to do anything special to make the backport work, then you
should simply be able to type:

   backportpackage -s hirsute -d focal -u ppa:a-marc/ubuntu/backports supercollider-sc3-plugins

... and it will generate and upload a source package with the more
proper version "3.9.1~repack-4~ubuntu20.04.1", as well as using the
correct .orig tarball.

Failing that, there are at least two things you need to fix if doing
this manually:

  1) Replace your differing .orig.tar.xz file with the one from Ubuntu
     (which you can download from e.g.
     then rebuild and reupload your source package.  (If that isn't
     possible for some reason then you need to change the upstream part
     of the version number; but I don't think that should be necessary in
     your case since you seem to be just trying to do a straightforward

  2) It looks like you're currently trying to do a backport to focal
     using the very same version number that's in hirsute.  This is bad
     practice - Launchpad will probably reject it even after you resolve
     the .orig issue, and in any case it's confusing.  Instead, you need
     to arrange for the backport's version number to be a little bit less
     than the version in hirsute: 3.9.1~repack-4~ubuntu20.04.1 would be

Hope this helps; let us know if you have further difficulties.

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