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Re: Proposal new source archive format

On Tue, May 02, 2000 at 02:37:08PM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:
> On Mon, May 01, 2000 at 11:47:48PM -0400, Ben Collins wrote:
> > 
> > Uhh, the source package should be helpful in managing patches (I never
> > said code). If any new source package format fails that task, then it
> > isn't any good.
> Sorry, but I don't see the difference between managing patches and managing
> code.  As far as I am concerned, the source package format exists so that
> people can build that package, verify its upstream sources, and view the
> difference between the upstream source and the Debian source pacakge.

But the tools that we accompany this new format should be geared toward
this (atleast for the maintainer, not the builder), and the format of the
source package should take this into account. If you can't understand how
important that is, then you obviously haven't looked at some of the larger
packages with thousands of lines of diff's to contend with, or you simply
don't understand the amount of effort it takes to maintain these packages.


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