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Re: multi-tarball packages in version control

On Tue, Mar 05, 2013 at 03:37:07PM +0100, Tzafrir Cohen wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 05, 2013 at 02:03:48PM +0100, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> > On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 09:57:16AM +0100, Tzafrir Cohen wrote:
> > > ...
> > > I mentioned, I would prefer to keep those files out of my packaging
> > > archive: they hardly change, anyway.
> > > 
> > > So, what do you do with multi-tarball packages? I keep a patched
> > > svn-buildpackage, for now.
> > 
> > You don't want the extra tarballs in your version control system and
> > they hardly change. Then why have them as extra tarballs?
> Upstream has.
> > 
> > Extra tarballs is for software that is released in multiple components
> > where the components are being released in lock step with each other.
> > 
> > It sounds to me like in your case each component is released
> > separately on their own schedule. In that case separate source
> > packages would be better. That way you only need to upload the parts
> > that have changed, buildds only need to build the parts that have
> > changed, users only need to update the parts that have changed and so
> > on. All around better for everyone.
> They are all released together and have the same version number.

You said they rarely change. Does that mean upstream releases the same
(apart from the version number) tarball again and again?
> I don't include all of them. I would like to keep an option to add a
> format in rev. 2 without uploading the equivalent of all the existing
> tarballs.

Can one add additional tarballs to an existing binary or does the
source have to be recompiled for the extra tarball?

Can one use last versions extra tarballs with the current versions
binary and vice versa?

If the answere is yes to both then seriously consider making the
tarballs seperate source packages.


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