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Re: No native packages?

Tollef Fog Heen <tfheen@err.no> writes:
> ]] Gergely Nagy 

>> No, not really. I don't really care what tools one uses, as long as the
>> result is reasonably easy *and* reliable to work with. Since VCS can be
>> stale, and quite often does not include neither NMUs, nor backports,
>> that fails the reliable requirement.

> It sounds like you are arguing that we should just ship the the
> repository in the source package, then.  No chance of it ever getting
> out of date, trivial to find the merge points and missing patches
> between two packages and fits much better with a VCS-driven workflow.

Yes, many of us would like that, which is why it's been repeatedly
discussed at Debconfs, but no one has come up with a good solution to the
fact that this requires reviewing the entire VCS archive for DFSG-freeness
and rewriting history if any non-free code is ever introduced in it.  (Or,
well, changing the requirements we have around source package freeness,
but that seems less likely.)

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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