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Re: XS-X-Vcs-XXX field not (yet) announced

On Fri, Sep 22, 2006 at 02:21:22PM -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
> I would also like to raise a question: does it make any sense to be able
> to list two URLs, one for the Debian branch and one for the upstream
> branch?

I've thought about similar issues. I made up my mind about these
questions being in the wrong direction :)

My idea for this field it to give a pointer intended for human
consumption. Once a user knows where to look, if he is willing to have
access to the repo he is probably able to discover branches, tags, learn
the repo layout and so on. If we agree on this idea I would answer no,
it doesn't make sense to me.

Alternatively we can try to fully encode in the field(s) all the
semantic information that might be needed to perform several tasks:
automatic downloading of the appropriate branch matching a given debian
release, spotting the tags matching given versions, whatever. I really
think this is a dangerous slope, we will probably be swamped in the
details of the VCS we consider.

XS-Vcs-XXX was in my mind a one-size-does-fit-all solution, assuming the
target of the information is a human. YMMV.


Stefano Zacchiroli -*- Computer Science PhD student @ Uny Bologna, Italy
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