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Re: Bug#147303: ITP: winex -- A DESCRIPTION

On Mon, Jun 03, 2002 at 08:26:01PM +0200, Rodrigo Moya wrote:
> On Mon, 2002-06-03 at 20:28, Till Gerken wrote:
> > Yeah, so how about having the same as with MPlayer? It does have a
> > working debian directory, so everybody who is interested, can do
> > dpkg-buildpackage and is fine.
> I'd really love to have this in *all* source trees, since it would make
> things much easier for we users that need to use CVS software all the
> time, and can't wait for packages to be made.
> So, my question is, is there any reason why all the debian/ dirs are not
> sent upstream for inclusion in CVS? As a maintainer, I would gratefully
> accept any patch for doing so to the modules I maintain.

I find it very awkward to do this when maintaining Debian packages. In
particular, dpkg-source doesn't allow removing files in the Debian diff
at the moment. Even one of the packages for which I'm both upstream and
Debian maintainer has the debian/ directory maintained separately,
because I find it better to keep the two roles distinct.

Aside from that, the Debian diff conventionally contains the debian/
directory, and I find the separation here useful. A couple of times I've
come across a package that has its debian/ directory kept in CVS but has
got slightly out of sync due to a change of maintainer, and the result
is typically a total mess. Keeping the whole thing separate means that
it has more of a tendency to stay vaguely sane.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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