Re: Notes from the DebConf Source Format BoF
]] Russ Allbery
| After a discussion on IRC, I organized a BoF at DebConf10 to discuss new
| source formats, specifically 3.0 (git). Below are the notes from that
| discussion. I tried to take reasonably comprehensive notes, but I'm sure
| that I missed things. Other participants, please add any additional bits
| that I forgot!
I assume this is also meant as a starting point for further discussion
on the topic.
| ftp-team is concerned about doing license checks across the entire git
| archive Colin points out that we're in the same situation with Alioth for
| redistributability. However, it is easier to withdraw things from Alioth
| than from the archive. And redistributability (the legal requirement) is
| a lot less of a bar than what we check for DFSG.
While I am sympathetic with the problem of reviewing a large source
repository, I find myself increasingly considering the git repository as
the preferred form for modification, meaning that even a shallow clone
can't really be considered source any more than preprocessed source
would be, or a configure script without the corresponding configure.ac.
To some extent, I guess this then comes down to whose preferred form
we're talking about, if it's upstream's, Debian's, popular opinions, the
strictest of those, the least strict or something else entirely?
I don't really have a good solution here, so if somebody has a way to
make both camps happy, that'd be wonderful.
Tollef Fog Heen
UNIX is user friendly, it's just picky about who its friends are