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Re: About new source formats for packages without patches

On Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 09:25:38AM +0100, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Mar 2010, Neil Williams wrote:
> > Now all I need is for dpkg to accept that the absence of
> > debian/source/format is declarative of source format 1.0.

> That's the case _for now_.  

> > packages don't need to be changed merely to state the obvious.

> They need because the dpkg maintainers have decided that it might
> not be the case indefinitely.

Fundamentally, I don't think that's a responsible decision for the dpkg
maintainers to make.  You're making busywork for maintainers, and conflict
for yourself, by insisting on this when there's no technical reason it
should be the case.

If what you care about is the format used by *new* packages, I think you
should focus on making sure the templates maintainers are using (such as
dh-make) set the desired default explicitly.  That would have an *immediate*
payoff, unlike trying to change the implicit default, which involves a lot
of work for a very small payoff in the distant future (i.e.: make all the
developers manually add this file now so that, at some point when all
packages have the file, the default can be changed and a different set of
packages can remove the file again).

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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