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Re: Qt and other

On Fri, Nov 20, 1998 at 11:07:03AM -0800, Joel Klecker wrote:
> >Redhat's source packages have advantages over Debian's?  What the HELL have
> >you been smoking?  Debian's source packages are pristine upstream tarball,
> >easily viewable diff file, and a PGP signed md5sum file telling you what the
> >package does!  Redhat's source packages are a proprietary file format
> >requiring custom tools and you have source and patches already applied,
> >leaving you pretty much to trust the person who packaged the thing not to
> >have put anything nasty in there, intentionally or not.
> Wrong, SRPMs usually have at least an upstream tarball (even .tar.Z or 
> .tar.bz2) and many have several separate patches, a package that comes as 
> several tarballs  (glibc) can also be handled.

I sit corrected.

AFAIK it should be possible to have multiple files be the upstream source
with dpkg, but it does look a bit messy at the very least.

> The only real problem I have with SRPMs is the .spec file format and the 
> fact that one needs 'rpm2cpio.pl' at the very least to unpack one.

They have tossed around the idea of changing that.  They haven't done it
yet.  <grumble>

Show me the code or get out of my way.

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