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Re: Source packages

On Tue, 31 Oct 1995, Bruce Perens wrote:
> 	The second file is an executable script that performs the actual
> 	extraction, creating a subdirectory under the current directory
> 	and moving files as necessary. Its name is EXTRACT, and it must have
> 	execute permissions set.

Bill Mitchell pointed out that if we use totally 100% un-modified
extra-virgin upstream sources, debian-driven updates to debian source
packages become much smaller, since we're just changing the delta.  Do you
have any thoughts on this? 

Also, I get the impression (since you mentioned you have permission to
include things on your CD-ROMs that other vendors do not) you have had
more experience with dealing with authors who have distribution
restrictions --- do you think distributing original source as separate
files might have helped or hindered negotiation of permission to

> This would be quite trivial to implement. It has the advantage that it contains
> the unmodifed upstream source (not even its name has to be changed) and the
> diff file in a single unit, and can be extracted on any system that contains
> tar and gunzip.

I think this sounds fine, though I am curious about your reactions to the

I guess the question is whether debian is a democracy, and if not, who's

"I'm a dinosaur.  Somebody's digging my bones."

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