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Re: Proposal: New source format (was Re: [Fwd: Re: dpkg question])

>>"Lars" == Lars Wirzenius <liw@iki.fi> writes:

Lars> [1 <text/plain; us-ascii (7bit)>] [ Please don't Cc: public
Lars> replies to me. ]

Lars> Some points:

Lars> 1. If the upstream source packages are to be included
Lars> bit-for-bit in their original form, how are you going to unpack
Lars> them? Remember, you _have_ to handle all formats: .zip,
Lars> .tar.tar, .shar, binhex, multiple files, comp.binaries.*
Lars> postings, ... That's an awful lot of complexity in the packaging
Lars> tools.

	I suggest that one not be fanatical about this rule. Let us
 say that if the source is well behaved (that is, it is a tar file
 that unpacks into *some* directory other than ., compressed or
 gzippped). Other archive formats should still be converted to tar +

	I agree completely with the points Lars made about not
 requiring special programs in order to unpack sources, and continuing
 the current practice of diff only uploads.


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