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Re: About new source formats for packages without patches

On Thu, 25 Mar 2010 17:30:28 -0700
Russ Allbery <rra@debian.org> wrote:

>   this at this point.  I've changed the severity to wishlist instead,
>   which I think more accurately reflects the current severity of this
>   request. 

That's fair.

> N: missing-debian-source-format
> N:
> N:   To allow for possible future changes in the default source format,
> N:   explicitly selecting a source format by creating debian/source/format
> N:   is recommended.
> N:   
> N:   If you don't have a reason to stay with the old format for this
> N:   package, please consider switching to "3.0 (quilt)" (for packages with
> N:   a separate upstream tarball) or to "3.0 (native)" (for Debian native
> N:   packages).
> N:   
> N:   If you wish to keep using the old format, please create that file and
> N:   put "1.0" in it to be explicit about the source package version. If
> N:   you have problems with the 3.0 format, the dpkg maintainers are
> N:   interested in hearing, at debian-dpkg@lists.debian.org, the
> N:   (technical) reasons why the new formats do not suit you
> N:   
> N:   Refer to the dpkg-source(1) manual page and
> N:   http://wiki.debian.org/Projects/DebSrc3.0 for details.
> N:   
> N:   Severity: wishlist, Certainty: certain
> I hope this is a reasonable compromise between the various stances on the
> new source format.  None of this is set in stone, or has gone anywhere
> other than the Lintian Git repository, and we can definitely change it
> further based on additional feedback.

Much improved, thank you.

Now all I need is for dpkg to accept that the absence of
debian/source/format is declarative of source format 1.0 and that
packages don't need to be changed merely to state the obvious.


Neil Williams

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