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Re: Proposal new source archive format

On Mon, 1 May 2000, Ben Collins wrote:

> I agree, reversing patches is complete silly. What if I patch
> configure.in, and then run autoconf (makes for a hugely smaller diff)?
> With the mentioned method, I would now have a debian patch for
> configure.in, but be forced to have a HUGE configure patch in the
> debianization diff. Gross. Better to leave .orig.tar.gz pristine, and let
> the maintainers worry about patches. We should get away from
> automatically diff'ing the original source to create a debian .diff.gz
> file. I can't count the numerous problems with this, including not being
> able to include binary files, permissions on the debian/* files not being
> carried over (look at the glibc package for a terrible workaround that had
> to be done to get around this), and then there is the diff-of-a-diff
> thing.

dbs(my patch system) supports 'excludes' that are used during the patch
generation.  Maybe we need something like that for this.

Version: 3.12
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PE++ Y+ PGP++ t* 5++ X+ tv b+ D++ G e h*! !r z?
Adam Heath <doogie@debian.org>        Finger Print | KeyID
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