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Bug#466550: Please clarify the get-orig-source target stated in Policy 4.9

Package: debian-policy
Severity: wishlist
X-Debbugs-CC: debian-mentors@lists.debian.org, debian-devel-games@lists.debian.org

Dear policy team,

recently the get-orig-source target of debian/rules has been discussed
on the debian-mentors list (see the threads starting with [1] and [2]).

It seems the get-orig-source specific paragraph of section 4.9 should be
improved to a bit more clearly and answer some open questions, too.

Basically it boils down to two or three open questions:

The first one being, if get-orig-source is intendedn to fetches the most
recent version of the original source upstream wise or if it should
fetch the most recent version debian wise.

If the later is the case and of a package has a version in
experimentatl, should get-orig-source fetch the version of experimental
or from unstable?

And last questions:  Where should tools used in get-orig-source (e.g.
bzip2 or unzip to repacke a tarball) be declared?  As Build-Dependency?
Anywhere else?

  1: http://lists.debian.org/debian-mentors/2008/02/msg00402.html
  2: http://lists.debian.org/debian-mentors/2008/02/msg00455.html

Yours sincerely,

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