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Re: Interesting dpkg issue, plus thoughts...

dwarf@polaris.net (Dale Scheetz)  wrote on 12.07.97 in <Pine.LNX.3.96.970712140356.505D-100000@dwarf.polaris.net>:

> On Sat, 12 Jul 1997, joost witteveen wrote:
> > > The number of packages that can't be re-built from
> > > their source constituents, using 'dpkg-source -b', appear to be
> > > increasing.
> >
> > I believe this is because dpkg-source -b does appear to do only very
> > minimal sanity checking (it will let you get away with setuid files in
> > the source tree, extra directories, etc), and thus allow maintainers
> > to build source packages, that subsequently cannot be extracted by
> > dpkg-source -x, as that suddenly does do the checking.
> I agree that this is "broken" and needs to be fixed. The problem for me is
> that some wish to fix it by taking the sanity checking out of 'dpkg-source
> -x', instead of adding the proper checks into 'dpkg-source -b'. There has
> already been a discussion which, if I remeber correctly, decided to relax
> the "no directories in the debian directory" rule. This erosion of the
> package design worries me.

The way I understand it, that particular decision was made because the  
reasons for forbidding those were no longer convincing to people (and I do  
mean people in general, not "the debmake author").

Doesn't sound like an attitude problem to me.

MfG Kai

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