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Re: Integration of debian/ scripts in packages

On Mon, 04 Jun 2001, Jason Thomas wrote:
> hmmm, I just had the upstream remove the debian specific stuff so I
> could have policy compilant stuff and use the debhelper stuff more.

I also did the same in fetchmail. It gets easier to maintain a package that
has no debian/ directory (which is often extremely outdated) upstream.

> On Mon, Jun 04, 2001 at 03:14:20AM +0100, Mich?l Alexandre Salim wrote:
> > inform the upstream maintainer as well. Should this
> > not involve the integration of the debian scripts into
> > the program's source as well?

Most of the time, no. Upstream debian/ cruft gets in the way of the updated
debian/ files, especially if you need to delete files there.  Even if
upstream keeps its debian/ up-to-date, it will still cause you trouble if
you have to remove a file, as you'll need to either use dirty tricks, or
wait for a new upstream release to do so.

> > Am currently dabbling with packaging GLib/GTK+ 1.3 and
> > finding the debian scripts in GNOME rather
> > out-of-date, if present at all.

Request their removal upstream, so that they won't get on your way.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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