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Re: Debian source tree

On Feb 20, 1994 Ian A Murdock wrote:
> I'd like to know what everyone thinks about the source tree.  Would it
> be better to arrange it ala BSD:

Hmmm... The one-binary-per-directory approach implies that the Debian
source distribution is one, unified whole.  Whereas doing it by
packages implies that it's precisely that, a collection of packages.

Some package distinction is essential, IMHO.  For example, I don't
think it's a good idea to have usr.bin/gcc and usr.bin/g++.  (although
it might be useful to have usr.bin/g++ -> gcc as s symlink).  It would
also seem best to leave the X11 source in the same directories that it
started out.

On the other hand, moving source out of the packaged directory layout
that it comes in makes it almost impossible to apply patches when the
next version of this package comes out.

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