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Re: native packages

On Mon, Apr 12, 2004 at 08:57:31PM -0400, Theodore Ts'o wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 12, 2004 at 11:56:05PM +0100, Henning Makholm wrote:
> > And I'm saying that you are still wrong. Even if the maintainer has to
> > repackage the upstream source as an .orig.tar.gz himself, the
> > distinction between upstream source and Debian additions is still
> > valid and useful, and the source for the package should still be
> > uploaded as an .orig.tar.gz/.diff.gz combination.
> There are times when the maintainer has made changes (to binary files,
> for example) which cannot be expressed in a .diff.gz file.  Diff
> doesn't do binary files.  

This is easily worked around by using diff -a and uuencoding the result.
I use this method with KDE branch updates for the KDE debs. Note that if
you have changes involving UTF-8 code you may have to use diff -a even
though its just "text" since diff in many cases incorrectly identifies
UTF-8 code as binary data. Some people in the past have claimed that
diff does not have this problem... I still think that debian should
default to using diff -a so the extra step wouldn't be required. :(


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