On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 1:08 PM, Andreas Tille <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 12:26:49PM +0200, Mike Hommey wrote:
>> > > > As an unrelated idea which popped up when reading this: Do you think it
>> > > > would be a sensible enhancement to uupdate if it could deal with a list
>> > > > of files (wildcard strings that could be feed to `rm -rf`) which should
>> > > > be removed from the upstream tarball? This could simplify repackaging
>> > > > to a certain amount.
>> > >
>> > > I use a script for this:
>> > >
>> > I'm using a more sophisticated script, that allows to filter at the same
>> > time as the file is downloaded, without actually extracting to disk.
It's not a matter of using a better or worse script, having dpkg, or
uupdate, or some other tool do that for us. It's a matter of
repackaging. It's a matter of altering upstream's package for (IMHO)
no good reason. It's a matter of breaking user confidence: users are
no longer able to compare Debian's .orig.tar.gz with upstream's
tarball, or with Gentoo's traball, or with Fedora's tarball, etc just
because we are shipping a different source tarball.
I can understand repackaging when there are licensing issues,
copyright issues, etc (music files, unlicensed artwork, etc) but for
compliance with jQuery's license and we have the full source
(un-mininified) and the package build-depends on libjs-jquery and the
package does not use the minified file at all? Give me a break.
Pau Garcia i Quiles
(Due to my workload, I may need 10 days to answer)