Re: Proposal: New source format (was Re: [Fwd: Re: dpkg question])
firstname.lastname@example.org (Joey Hess) wrote on 11.05.97 in <email@example.com>:
> Lars Wirzenius:
> > 1. If the upstream source packages are to be included bit-for-bit in their
> > original form, how are you going to unpack them? Remember, you _have_
> > to handle all formats: .zip, .tar.tar, .shar, binhex, multiple files,
> > comp.binaries.* postings, ... That's an awful lot of complexity in the
> > packaging tools.
> Not really. You could handle it just like redhat does in the srpm files: you
> have a shell script that is responsible for unpacking the package into a
> specific directory and applying all patches to it.
Remember: no shell scripts in the source packages that are needed for
unpacking. It's just too dangerous.
Ian convinced me of this one.
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