Re: [transcript] source package formats
>>"Adam" == Adam Heath <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Adam> In the transcript, it is mentioned that I wrote dbs. It is a
Adam> multi-tarball, multi-patch system, that is currently in use by
Adam> several pkgs. However, it has its drawbacks, the 2 most
Adam> glaring that it hides the source in subtrees, all packed up,
Adam> and that it doesn't extract into <pkg>-<ver> directly.
Another drawback I find is that this is very difficult to
use with a source code control system. espescially ODE and eve
CVS. The native source format is no longer one which one can directly
One of the feature I like of a monolithic patch, as you call
it, is that when upstream incorporates changes previously made by me
or others, it is automatically handled on upgrade; the monolithic
patch just gets smaller.
I think that keeping patches separate would involve work
everytime the upstream sources incorporates parts of the patches.
Despite clains that dbs does much the same that CVS does, I
think the people making the claim really do not know version control
systems (I am not guessing, I am quoting things from IRC). Don't take
my word for it, try both systems and see.
What excuses stand in your way? How can you eliminate them? Roger
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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