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Re: dchanges change suggestions

Ian Murdock <imurdock@debian.org> said:

> The md5sum output of each file should be included *verbatim*.  This
> is very important. [...]
> The output of `ls -l' should be included immediately before the md5sum
> output.  This allows users who don't have md5sum available to verify
> that, at least, the file sizes are correct.  As I said earlier, the `ls
> -l' format is a good format to use, because people are familiar with it,
> and familiarity makes for readability.

This screws up the otherwise regular { Field [ field_extension ] } [...]
file structure.  However, I get the point about md5sum, and I understand
your argument regarding ls.

OK, the "Files" field would be an exception.  It'd be required to be
the final field in the file, would contain just "Files:", and would
be followed by `ls -l` and `md5sum` verbatim output.  It'd look like:

-rw-r--r--   1 root     root       372254 Oct 25 12:40 e2-2.0.beta-2.deb
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root        11297 Oct 25 12:40 e2-2.0.beta-2.diff.gz
-rw-r--r--   1 root     root       373090 Oct 25 12:40 e2-2.0.beta-2.tar.gz
c2680f4e26f2fe948ff8693613fd2a53  e2-2.0.beta-2.deb
90f50714858ee192ca83ea3127072071  e2-2.0.beta-2.diff.gz
fe1a89cb8f84671c098d21eaf410fee6  e2-2.0.beta-2.tar.gz

More comments, disagreements, complaints, misgivings, suggestions?

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