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Re: source packaging format (was Re: Questions about plans for Emacs 20...)

On Mon, Apr 06, 1998 at 07:09:48PM +0100, Enrique Zanardi wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 05, 1998 at 11:23:14AM -0500, Rob Browning wrote:
> > 
> > Several of the outstanding emacs20 bugs have to do with missing
> > international input methods.  I know that I can add them by just
> > downloading the leim package from GNU, untarring it in place, and
> > rebuilding, but I had a few questions:
> > 
> >   1) Do we have a way to handle multiple upstream tar-files for one
> >      package yet?
> Not an official, pristine sources one. The usual solution is unpacking
> all the tar files in a single tree and then make a single orig.tar.gz.

Yes, that the way it should be... Also, if you can provided a get-orig-source
target in you're rules (may be by assuming all the tarballs are presented
in the root directory), you will got something fine for further maintainer and
for yourself too! See the VRweb package (who was based on 5 different tarballs)
for an example. [OK, may be I should put it in two different binaries, but this
for 1.5-3 (if I can get it compiled again; I hate this crumpy mess of automake! ;)].

> I remember Christian Schwartz told us a long time ago that Klee Dienes
> was thinking about a new source package format that would address that
> issues, but I haven't heard anything else about that plans. May we reopen
> the discussion after 2.0 release time?

If you do so, please take a look at the rpms functionnality... BTW, I don't
thing the current package really needs some change ["if it's not
broken, don't fix it.", say my garagist to explain why he's sleeping...] 

> 	Thanks,
> -- 
> Enrique Zanardi						ezanardi@ull.es

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