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

David Claughton <dave@eclecticdave.com> writes:

> On 13/08/10 17:58, 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.
> Another use-case might be to remove "convenience copies" of system
> libraries.  Might be useful (e.g. for security reasons) to be able to
> guarantee that this code isn't being accidentally used by a build (in a
> way that can be easily checked by a script).
> Cheers,
> 	David.

And I ask again: How does that differ from deleting them in

Legally that should be the same. And practically you would have the
useless files on the initial source unpack but they would be gone when
debian/rules is invoked the first time. dpkg-source -x could run the
clean target by default to make the files disapear directly.


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