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Re: Trivia: very old files on incoming.debian.org

On Tue, Nov 08, 2011 at 09:50:27PM +0000, Adam D. Barratt wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-11-09 at 06:34 +0900, Iustin Pop wrote:
> > Not sure where else to send this… but while checking for a small upload
> > I did I saw some very old files on incoming. If you check sorted by
> > date, http://incoming.debian.org/?C=M;O=A, you'll see some very old
> > things (1997, 2003, 2007, etc…).
> > 
> > Their size is not big, but seems… unclean to not remove failed uploads
> > (which I presume they are) after a while.
> They're not.  They're part of (or at least associated with) very recent
> uploads, and their being there is a Good Thing[tm], as it means
> incoming.d.o contains source for the binaries provided there.
> The 1997 file, for instance, is xloadimage_4.1.orig.tar.gz, sitting
> alongside xloadimage_4.1-16.3_*.deb for several architectures.

Aaaah, I see. Thanks for the explanation! I should have realised this is
the case from the fact that only orig.tar.gzs have such old dates.

(which also means: we can still build upstream software from more than
one decade ago? nice! even if patched…)

> [Also note that the public HTTP-exported view of incoming.d.o has been
> little more than a link tree for some time now (since the introduction
> of "install-direct-from-unchecked-to-projectb" iirc) rather than the
> "accepted files not yet in the archive" it once was.]

Ah, I'm not familiar with that change, so thanks again for the


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