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Re: How a packaging system works

On Tuesday 28 July 1998, at 16 h 36, the keyboard of David Maslen 
<david@binary.net.au> wrote:

> So this in effect means I can, download source from the author, then
> easily check for a diff and dsc file, rename the tar file
> program.tar.gz.orig and away I go?
> That basically means I could store the sum of the debian packaging
> info, and all the work you developers have done on a 100meg zip disk
> doesn't it?

You just described the FreeBSD "port" system. See <http://www.freebsd.org/
handbook/handbook23.html#25>. If you don't mind compiling, it's a nice 

> So having a precompiled debian file is just a convenience?


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