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."