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Re: Bug#466550: Pristine source from upstream VCS repository

Steve Langasek dijo [Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 02:05:42AM -0700]:
> I think it's perfectly reasonable to want the get-orig-source target to give
> you a *specified* version of an upstream tarball, rather than the *newest*
> version of an upstream tarball.  Packaging a new upstream version doesn't
> necessarily mean packaging the latest that uscan can find.
> It's also useful for third parties to be able to easily examine the
> provenance of specific Debian tarballs.  A get-orig-source target provides a
> much more concise description of the Debian changes than examining the diff
> between the two tarballs.
> So I certainly agree that uscan doesn't obsolete the get-orig-source target,
> but I disagree that it's not useful to have such a target generate a tarball
> for the 'current' upstream version.

Good point you have here - But (and I know it is not being discussed
yet, maybe you want to teleport this thread a couple of years into the
future) I feel this should clearly be an optional target, and the
canonical location for orig.tar.gz files should still be our archive -
Down the other road lies Gentoo's BSD ports' madness, where an
upstream site restructure means packages become unreachable and

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