Re: Package rejected due to missing source entry, (help)
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On 21 Mar 1998, Stig Sandbeck Mathisen wrote:
> Lintian didn't report any errors' though.
Lintian is designed for checking binary (.deb) packages.
> Problem was that this package didn't have a "source", so I tried to
> package it as a binary-only package.
It seems there is a common misunderstanding here about "source" and
"binary". In general, "source" is what the programmer writes and "binary"
is what it is installed and the machine finally reads.
For a C program, everybody knows what the source and the binary are.
For an interpreted program (for example, a shell script or a perl script)
the source and the binary are in the same file. But this does not
mean "the source does not exist". It certainly exists, because it is
what you have to change when you want to modify the program.
In practice: We (Debian) have always to distribute a source package as a
.tar.gz (plus .dsc and often .diff.gz) that generates the .deb files, so
the source package and the binary package may never be the same, even if
the set of files they contain are almost identical.
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