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Re: Feedback on 3.0 source format problems

On Jan 04 2017, Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 1:21 AM, Guillem Jover wrote:
>> I'm interested in what things people still find so off-putting to the
>> point of not wanting to use the new 3.0 source formats.
> I've been reading this thread and keep being reminded of our
> discussion on #debian-dpkg a while ago.
> I think most of the complaints about Debian source package formats are
> rooted in a design mistake made early on. The debian/ directory. The
> debian/ dir controls the upstream source but is in a subdirectory of
> the upstream source. The directory hierarchy is an inverse of the
> relationship between its parts. The debian/patches/ dir is another
> layering violation on top of that.

That is a point I very much agree with in principle.

But I am not sure if a package structure like

mypkg/patches/* (?)

would have any *practical* benefits over the current situation, because
this transformation could be trivially automated in either direction.

Or did you have something else in mind?


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