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Re: Bug#592839: dpkg-source option to remove files on unpack: debian/source/remove-files

On Fri, 13 Aug 2010, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org> writes:
> > As suggested by Ian on -devel (see attachment), it would be nice to have
> > a way to remove files during unpack of a source package to hide non-free
> > files from our users without stripping them from the original tarball.
> > I also prefer this approach over repacking upstream files so let's
> > implement this feature.
> I'm pretty sure ftp-master isn't going to allow source packages with
> non-free content in the main archive regardless of whether that content is
> hidden on unpack (I certainly wouldn't if I were them), so implementing
> this is kind of pointless for Debian.

Well, non-free doesn't imply non-redistributable. The feature doesn't cost
much and the tools are used by other distributions which might have
different policy.

I have always found that repackaging to remove RFC was a waste of time,
this feature would represent a good middle-ground IMO.

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