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Re: [RFC] Proposal for new source format

On 10/22/19 6:29 AM, Russ Allbery wrote:
> Bastian Blank <waldi@debian.org> writes:
>> I would like to have some comments on a large revision on the source
>> format.  It also needs modifications to dak to handle some parts of it.
>> - Source format version would be "4.0".
>> - Each source includes an arbitrary number of "tar" layers, which are
>>   applied sequentially and override files from previous steps.  I'm not
>>   sure if we need tombstones to be able to remove files.
> If we're going to go to the trouble of defining a new source format, I'd
> prefer we embrace a VCS-based one rather than once again rolling our own
> idiosyncratic representation of a tree of files and their history.  Even
> if one is not convinced of the merits of uploading a true Git history of
> the package, I think it's clear that a lot of us *do* want to do this and
> see this as a very valuable step forward in providing a more complete
> history of the package and of decisions made in maintaining that package.


Although a layered format might come handy if docker and friends would
be able to handle it. But I do NOT think we should go that way...

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