Re: RFS: 'snap2' rsync-based backup program with GUI
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> On Sa, 12 Jun 2010, Thomas Goirand wrote:
> > While it is ok to keep your debian folder in your VCS, remember that
> > your orig.tar.gz should NOT contain it. It's less of an issue if you
> > use source format 3.0 (Quilt) but this is still the policy in Debian.
> That is a recommendation, but by far not a necessity!!!
> Of course upstream can ship all necessary debian files as is, where is
> the problem? Then the diff would be empty, or the debian.tar.gz would
> be empty, and that is fine.
Quite not!!! It is even written in many places that if the upstram ships a debian folder in its tar.gz, we should get in touch and at least ask that it is renamed as debian-upstream or something similar. If you do not trust what I say, go read the policy, new maint manual and such.
> OTOH, it is often recommended that upstream developer and Debian
> packager are different, and keep the files separately, but it is
> by far not a must!
IT IS a must that the debian folder is NOT in the orig.tar.gz, even if upstream is also the packager. What you are describing here is what we call a debian native package, which is really limited to very specific cases.