Re: About new source formats for packages without patches
On Thu, 25 Mar 2010, Neil Williams wrote:
> Agreed, although I think the real bug is in dpkg not being able to
> cope without a new file.
In what way dpkg doesn't cope?
The change requested by the lintian tag is preventive, not corrective.
> The idea that all source packages are going to have to be re-uploaded
> with a single 6 byte file is crazy. There will inevitably be hundreds,
> if not thousands, of source format 1.0 packages in the archive for many
> releases to come - most undeclared. For dpkg maintainers to think
> otherwise is hopelessly optimistic. There's no RC stick pushing this
And? What's the problem if it takes several releases to get to the point
where all package are explicit about the desired source format?
> debian/source/format, I'll override the lintian warning until dpkg is
> fixed. (Already done that for a few packages.)
Doing that means “I don't want to hardcode the format to use, I want to
use whatever the dpkg maintainers feel best as default”.
It's not really what you want I think.
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