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Re: RFC: Central version control for Debian

On Wed, Jan 31, 2001 at 11:40:03PM -0500, Matt Zimmerman wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 30, 2001 at 05:07:41PM -0500, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> [DBS]
> - The ability to separate out Debian changes to upstream source from the
>   packaging infrastructure (debian/).  This has many advantages, especially
>   when coordinating merging of patches upstream.  Patches can be separated into
>   individual files, and applied in a defined order.
> - The ability to combine multiple upstream tarballs
> Both of these could be addressed with a new source package format pretty
> easily.  Unfortunately, I don't think this can be done without breaking
> backward compatibility, but this is a necessary evil.

I just read in another thread another advantage: multiple upstream archive
formats.  I think that dpkg-deb should support this, to allow for pristine
upstream source as often as possible, and to achieve better compression with
new archivers.

 - mdz

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