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Re: Proposal new source archive format

On Tue, May 02, 2000 at 08:44:09AM -0400, Ben Collins wrote:
> On Tue, May 02, 2000 at 02:37:08PM +1000, Herbert Xu wrote:
> > 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.

But why does this need to be in the source package format then? The
maintainer is free to use any management tool he wishes.  Why burden
the source package with this if it is mainly geared toward the maintainer?

> 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.

I understand your pain, but I think it is best solved with a good source
management tool, not with our source package format.
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