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Re: Enabling uupdate to simply remove files from upstream source (Was: Minified javascript files)


trying to summarise suggested changes for the proposal:

 1. The new field Files-Excluded in debian/copyright contains
    a space separated list of regular expressions.
    The deletion process will loop over every expression

      rm -rf ${MAIN_SOURCE_DIR}/<expression>

    An example copyright file would look like this:

Format: http://www.debian.org/doc/packaging-manuals/copyright-format/1.0/
Source: http://susy.oddbird.net/
  Repackaged, excluding non-DFSG licensed fonts and source-less

 2. There was one vote from Gregor Hermann to use the --repack option
    of uscan.  I personally admit that I do not fully agree with
    Gregor that this means changing the semantics of an existing option.
    We are just repackaging and without the additional information in
    debian/copyright the functionality remains exactly the same.

    If we would follow Bastien ROUCARIES suggestion to provide an
    option for the compression method *this* would change the semantics
    effectively and so I'm a bit reluctand to implement this in this
    connection (even if I think it makes perfectly sense.   

    Gregor made also the remark that he likes the pkg-perl teams
    method of doing things because once d/watch is adjusted you don't
    have to do anything besides calling uscan.  I consider the method
    I like to suggest here as serving the very same purpose

 3. If the tarball did not contained any of the strings in
    debian/copyright::Files-Excluded it should be left untouched
    (except if the repackaging is needed because of compression method

 4. In case something was removed the version string will be appended by
    '+dfsg' to express the fact that the content of the original source
    was changed.

For the implementation of this it waqs suggested to

   use Debian::Copyright;

Any further hints / remarks?

Kind regards



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