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Re: No native packages?

On 01/29/2013 08:29 AM, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Benjamin Drung <bdrung@debian.org> writes:
>> Other distributions gain from your extra work. Image the opposite. You
>> want to package a software that is only available in a downstream
>> distribution (e.g. Ubuntu or Linux Mint). Do you prefer to have a
>> non-native format or a native format?
> I'm not sure I see how it makes any difference.  Either way, I would start
> with their package and add Debian packaging files for Debian.  The only
> difference is some minor variation in what commands I run at the very
> start of that process (namely, git-import-dsc for a non-native package
> vs. git-import-orig for a native package).  I have a hard time seeing how
> this choice would make more than thirty seconds of difference to my
> workflow.
Well, this happened to me once (a package in Ubuntu), and I asked
upstream to switch to non-native, which he did.

The problem wasn't the work flow, but mainly tracking upstream
version numbers. With a non-native, I can make the difference
between packaging and non-packaging changes just by looking
at the version number in Ubuntu, and I can even make a watch
file to track it for me.


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