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Bug#282323: /usr/bin/dpkg-source: [DPKG-SOURCE] please add a possibility to specify directory being unpacked to

Package: dpkg-dev
Version: 1.10.25
Severity: wishlist
File: /usr/bin/dpkg-source


please consider adding a possibility to tell dpkg-source where to
unpack the package. Currently, dpkg-source insists on choosing the
directory name itself, which is bad if you want to unpack a source
already unpacked and modified for comparision purposes. Additionally,
it might be desireable to have a script _know_ where a source package
is being unpacked without sedding the .dsc file and/or parsing
dpkg-source's standard output.

I think that simply modifying dpkg-source's semantics so that

dpkg-source -x .dscfile targetdir

would unpack into targetdir won't break any backwards compatibility.

Optionally, if targetdir is specified and already exists, dpkg-source
should refuse to do the unpack and return an error.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=C (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968)

Versions of packages dpkg-dev depends on:
ii  binutils                      2.15-4     The GNU assembler, linker and bina
ii  cpio                          2.5-1.1    GNU cpio -- a program to manage ar
ii  make                          3.80-9     The GNU version of the "make" util
ii  patch                         2.5.9-2    Apply a diff file to an original
ii  perl [perl5]                  5.8.4-4    Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  perl-modules                  5.8.4-4    Core Perl modules

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