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Bug#687419: devscripts: Enabling uscan to choose compression method when repackaging upstream source

Package: devscripts
Version: 2.10.69+squeeze2
Severity: wishlist
Tags: patch


as it was requested on debian-devel (for instance in[1]) an option to
influence the compression method when a repackaging is done by uscan
(either by using --repack option or when regarding the Files-Excluded
field in debian/copyright - provided the patch for bug #685787 will be
accepted) is nice to have.  I submitted a patch to do this in the Git
repository where I also maintain the code for #685787.  The actual
commit can be found here:


I have tested this on several packages from Debian Med repository
successfully.  Please feel free to cherry pick from the Git repository.
Any further testing is welcome.

Kind regards


[1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2012/08/msg00402.html

-- Package-specific info:

--- /etc/devscripts.conf ---

--- ~/.devscripts ---
Not present

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0.5
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.36-xenU-4814-i386 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages devscripts depends on:
ii  dpkg-dev              Debian package development tools
ii  libc6                  2.11.3-3          Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  perl                   5.10.1-17squeeze3 Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 

Versions of packages devscripts recommends:
pn  at                 <none>                (no description available)
ii  bsd-mailx [mailx]  8.1.2-0.20100314cvs-1 simple mail user agent
ii  curl               7.21.0-2.1+squeeze2   Get a file from an HTTP, HTTPS or 
ii  dctrl-tools        2.14.5                Command-line tools to process Debi
pn  debian-keyring     <none>                (no description available)
pn  debian-maintainers <none>                (no description available)
ii  dput           Debian package upload tool
pn  equivs             <none>                (no description available)
ii  fakeroot           1.14.4-1              Gives a fake root environment
ii  git [git-core]     1:           fast, scalable, distributed revisi
ii  git-core           1:           fast, scalable, distributed revisi
ii  gnupg              1.4.10-4              GNU privacy guard - a free PGP rep
pn  libauthen-sasl-per <none>                (no description available)
pn  libcrypt-ssleay-pe <none>                (no description available)
pn  libjson-perl       <none>                (no description available)
pn  libparse-debcontro <none>                (no description available)
pn  libsoap-lite-perl  <none>                (no description available)
pn  libterm-size-perl  <none>                (no description available)
ii  libtimedate-perl   1.2000-1              collection of modules to manipulat
ii  liburi-perl        1.54-2                module to manipulate and access UR
ii  libwww-perl        5.836-1               Perl HTTP/WWW client/server librar
pn  libyaml-syck-perl  <none>                (no description available)
pn  lintian            <none>                (no description available)
ii  lsb-release        3.2-23.2squeeze1      Linux Standard Base version report
ii  lynx-cur [www-brow 2.8.8dev.5-1          Text-mode WWW Browser with NLS sup
ii  lzma               4.43-14               Compression method of 7z format in
ii  mailx              1:20071201-3          Transitional package for mailx ren
ii  man-db             2.5.7-8               on-line manual pager
ii  openssh-client [ss 1:5.5p1-6+squeeze2    secure shell (SSH) client, for sec
ii  patch              2.6-2                 Apply a diff file to an original
ii  patchutils         0.3.1-2               Utilities to work with patches
ii  sensible-utils     0.0.4                 Utilities for sensible alternative
pn  strace             <none>                (no description available)
ii  unzip              6.0-4                 De-archiver for .zip files
ii  w3m [www-browser]  0.5.2-9               WWW browsable pager with excellent
pn  wdiff              <none>                (no description available)
ii  wget               1.12-2.1              retrieves files from the web
ii  xz-utils           5.0.0-2               XZ-format compression utilities

Versions of packages devscripts suggests:
ii  build-essential        11.5              Informational list of build-essent
pn  cvs-buildpackage       <none>            (no description available)
pn  devscripts-el          <none>            (no description available)
pn  gnuplot                <none>            (no description available)
pn  libfile-desktopentry-p <none>            (no description available)
pn  libnet-smtp-ssl-perl   <none>            (no description available)
ii  mutt                   1.5.20-9+squeeze2 text-based mailreader supporting M
pn  svn-buildpackage       <none>            (no description available)
ii  w3m                    0.5.2-9           WWW browsable pager with excellent

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