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

On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 06:48:11PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>         Given that we already have a tool that can download upstream
>  sources, with or without mangling, and can be used by facilities
>  outside of the unpacked Debian source package to determine if there was
>  new versions and to download unmangled versions, is there any need to
>  retain the get-orig-source target at all?

My answer: yes, there is such a need.

What you are proving is that---at least for the use cases already
handled by uscan---there is no need for another _implementation_ of
that use cases.  Having a policy-prescribed debian/rules target name
that implements that is different.

In a sense, while uscan offers an implementation, the policy offer its
API. The two are complementary and I don't see why I should loose one
because of the other.

Also, having an API, offers exactly encapsulation, in the sense that
you can use uscan to implement it, but you are not forced to. What is
the problem with that? It is like *the* point I'm missing in this
whole discussion.


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