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Re: RFC: DEP-14: Recommended layout for Git packaging repositories

Matthias Urlichs <matthias@urlichs.de> writes:
> Raphael Hertzog:

>> About pristine-tar
>> ------------------

>> If the package maintainers use the pristine-tar tool to efficiently
>> store a byte-for-byte copy of the upstream tarballs, this should be
>> done in the `pristine-tar` branch.

> Please discourage the use of pristine-tar. The format is fragile and can
> suffer from bit rot.

I strongly disagree with this advice.  pristine-tar is hugely helpful, and
is something we should continue to support, advocate, maintain, and use.

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

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