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Re: Enabling uscan to simply remove files from upstream source

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 05:15:35PM -0500, Peter Samuelson wrote:
> Well, two reasons not to bundle it into DEP-5 format files.  First,
> there may be a lot of people like me who would find value in a
> config-file-driven 'get-orig-source' but who do not find any value in
> maintaining debian/copyright in DEP-5 format.

Cool reason to make people switch to DEP5. ;-)

> > > Unrelated: when I've repacked tarballs, I add a file 
> > > "README.Debian-tarball" to the top level source directory, explaining 
> > > what I did.  Nobody ever suggested this to me, it just seems like 
> > > common sense that information about the new tarball should be, well, 
> > > in the new tarball.  Not just in the .diff.gz.
> > 
> > Nowadays such info is commonly put into README.source
> I know, but that's typically not in the orig.tar.gz.  If someone grabs
> foo_1.0+dfsg.orig.tar.gz by itself, I think it is useful to have a
> README in there that explains how it is different from an upstream
> foo-1.0.tar.gz.

I admit that I see some point in documenting the removal of files
*inside* the orig.tar.gz.
> generating a README file to put into the repacked tarball.  And as I
> said, I haven't heard of anyone else doing this, so perhaps I'm the
> only one who thinks it makes sense.


Kind regards



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