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Re: New Source Formats and Source Package Verification

>>"Jim" == Jim Pick <jim@jimpick.com> writes:

>> Might it be possible to, say, have a list of `supported formats' --
>> .tar.gz, .zip, others? -- and at least give the option of
>> downloading upstream sources which were originally in other formats
>> as a tarball? This is far from ideal, for any number of reasons
>> (maintainer upload time, archive space), but on the other hand it's
>> IMHO important not to force people to install piles of random
>> decompression programs just to get at the source archives.

Jim> Well, either we are going to wrap the pristine upstream sources
Jim> in a "Debian format source package" -- or we are going to just
Jim> store the pristine upstream sources (in tar.gz, .zip, etc, etc)
Jim> in the source archive individually.  If we go with pristine
Jim> sources, we can't modify the package they originally came in (or
Jim> the md5 checksum is different).  I think that it would be
Jim> pragmatic though to not allow any upstream source packages that
Jim> come in a file format that can't be unwrapped by an available
Jim> Debian package.  Also, it might be wise to limit the variety of
Jim> upstream source package formats for packages in the base system.

	Or, thirdly, we use pristine sources iff they are in supported
 formats, or else the upstream source is massaged into a supported
 format, and BIG signs are posted pointing to the real sources and the
 steps taken to massage it into the supported format.


Manoj Srivastava               <url:mailto:srivasta@acm.org>
Mobile, Alabama USA            <url:http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>

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