[I am not subscribed to debian-devel, please Cc: me if you feel your reply deserves my attention.] On Mon, 2005-06-13 at 10:10 +0200, Peter Palfrader wrote: > On Sun, 12 Jun 2005, Wesley J. Landaker wrote: > > > > The basics of the new format are: > > > * Multiple upstream tarballs are supported: > > > * The "Debian Diff" may be replaced by the "Debian Tar": > > > * Bzip2 compression is supported as an alternative to gzip. > > > > As a practical matter, how soon will these really be supported in Debian? Is > > dpkg change all that is needed? i.e. Could I upload a new revision of a > > package that has multiple upstream tarballs, and a debian.tar.bz2 right > > now, or are there a lot of other things that have to change first? > > Historically we always wanted to be able to use all the source in the > archive with the tools available in stable. If that policy is still > true you would be able to use the new features by the time edge releases > with the new dpkg. That is in some 10 to 18 months :) > That's sadly totally untrue. Either you mean "use all the source in the archive with the DPKG-DEV available in stable" -- or it was utterly violated by all the packages in the sarge period that used (e.g.) debhelper features available in woody. It's no harder to backport dpkg-dev than it is debhelper; so I think it really just comes down to what formats the FTP masters (and dear katie) are prepared to accept. Scott -- Have you ever, ever felt like this? Had strange things happen? Are you going round the twist?
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