On 11/15/2013 07:28 AM, Martin Pitt wrote:
> Luke Yelavich [2013-11-15 15:03 +1100]:
>> * Received a request from #ubuntu-devel to fix an important package
>> that was broken, due to empty debs other than docs. I wonder whether
>> auto pkg testing should check for this...
> Indeed, that's why it's useful to have even the simplest "does my
> program start" smoke test as an autopkgtest, to guard against
> packaging failures like that.
Also adding support for autopkgtest to packages with an existing
testsuite that can run against the package as-installed is relatively
simple. It consists in adding a test control file, one or several
scripts to wrap the call to the testsuite and a source record header to
enable auto-discovery. Then on next upload your package will appear on
For example, in the case of simplejson (which is the package you're
referring to I suppose) the diff is quite small 
For reference the developer guide  explains the details.
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