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Re: About new source formats for packages without patches

Ben Finney <ben+debian@benfinney.id.au> wrote:


>> The problem is that if debian/source/format is missing for one reason
>> or another, your package will be silently built as a 1.0 source
>> package.
> There's no need for it to be silent. The idea was raised that, after a
> period of silent deprecation, the recognition of source format 1.0 could
> cause a warning.

It's a well-known fact that every DD out there thoroughly reviews her
package's build log before uploading. Oh, wait, no, it isn't, quite the
contrary, actually.

> The only point I've been trying to understand is, regardless of how
> format 1.0 packages are handled once recognised, why the current
> undeclared format 1.0 packages can't be recognised as such indefinitely
> without any change in those packages.

Because there's no way to tell if it's an old 1.0 package or a 3.0 or
later package missing debian/source for whatever reason.

FWIW I think debian/source/format sucks big time and its content should
be moved to debian/control.


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