Re: Git and tarballs
Wolodja Wentland <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Is get-orig-source called by anything or is it "merely" a nice target to
> have so life is easier for other maintainers and oneself when preparing
> new releases?
The latter. One could replace it with a shell script, but it's a
semi-standard because it's mentioned in Policy.
>> Each time you regenerate the upstream tarball from the Git repository,
>> it will change. You have to store pristine-tar data for one specific
>> generated tarball, or someone who has only the repository won't be able
>> to recreate the tarball used in Debian packaging.
> Ack, and it also has the added benefit that Debian is always able to
> regenerate the tarball even if upstream and all its repositories/tarballs
> disappeared completely.
Right. But for me it's convenience that's the biggest factor. I like
being able to pull down the repository from anywhere and build a new
Debian revision of the package without having to hunt down or download the
original upstream tarball separately. With Subversion, I ended up
checking the upstream tarballs into the repository to accomplish the same
end, but of course that gets very bloated in terms of space very quickly.
Russ Allbery (email@example.com) <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>