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Re: dpkg-source and deleted files

Steve Greenland <stevegr@debian.org> wrote:

> Because dpkg-source goes out of its way to make sure it doesn't do
> anything destructive. IWJ (author of dpkg-source, if I remember
> correctly) probably figured out a way to create hostile source and diffs
> if dpkg-source was allowed to delete files, and thus it isn't.

I doubt it since the said hostile person could construct the destructive
diff by hand.  IIRC the reason is to be able to unpack source packages on
ancient systems with a primitive patch implementation.
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