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Re: Proposal new source archive format

On Sun, Apr 30, 2000 at 07:06:40PM -0400, Branden Robinson wrote:
> > There are more than a few packages out there which do evil things to
> > archives which are not in normal tar.gz/tar.bz2 format to make them fit
> > the Debian profile of a source package.  I'd rather use the pristine
> > upstream source where it's reasonable.
> Not packaging source code as a compressed tarfile is not reasonable.

Why not?  What if the source code comes as a srpm or a zip file?  These
are the pristine source formats used upstream, why should we choose not to
honor them?  What about sources which are distributed as a tar file
containing several tar.gz's such as fpc?

Given the choice between pristine upstream source and making an aleardy
planned modification more complete and flexible, I vote for the pristine

If that is not possible, then I will simply oppose Wichert's build system
in favor of doogie's.  dbs, despite the lack of documentation, is exactly
the kind of wheel Wichert wishes to reinvent.  If he's going to reinvent
it poorly, I'll stick with the one that works.

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