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Re: including full package source code in the debian release

On Sat, 2010-03-06 at 19:29 -0800, Jamie Morken wrote:
> Debian releases have 25,000 or so packages and don't include the
> source to them

This is not completely accurate. The most frequently downloaded
CD/DVD/BD don't include the source, but the debian-cd team does release
some media that fulfill that need:

- The "multi-architecture" DVD contains the binaries and the source for
  the usual installation (Gnome, KDE, XFCE and LXDE), for both i386
  and amd64 platforms (as far as Lenny is concerned).
  see http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/multi-arch/jigdo-dvd/
  file debian-504-i386-amd64-source-DVD-1.jigdo
- Alongside DVD #1, #2, #3... you can download the CD/DVD/BD with the
  sources, see http://cdimage.debian.org/debian-cd/current/source/

> So to recompile the package you use apt-get to connect to the internet
> and download the source to one package at a time if you want the
> source code.

There is nothing wrong with that, if you downloaded the binaries "as
packages", you can download the source "as packages".
This probably involves something like:

 cd /tmp
 apt-get source $(aptitude search ~i -F '%p')
 aptitude build-dep ~i


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