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Re: How are things going?

Ian Jackson <ian@davenant.greenend.org.uk> writes:

> I think overall, Debian needs a proper conversation about revision
> control systems and source package formats.

I think Debian is going to continue using a wide variety of different
revision control systems as fit the feelings of individual developers and
having another conversation about that will probably generate more heat
than light.

The *dpkg* maintainers, on the other hand, can probably have a proper
conversation about revision control systems for maintaining *dpkg* and
generate a fair amount of light.  :)

I do think there's some appeal in the suggestion of making dpkg a package
with a separate "upstream" release that both Debian and Ubuntu merge with,
if for no other reason than that it provides clear synchronization points
and makes it extremely obvious in which ways Debian and Ubuntu may have
diverged from that synchronization point.  Although if that resulted in an
upstream version that never got a formal release, it would be worse than
what we have now.

> (With Ubuntu hat on) I'm afraid I can't guarantee that Ubuntu won't want
> to do something to dpkg that (with Debian hat on) I think is a bad idea
> :-).

I would certainly hope that isn't the case; I think it would be a failure
of imagination in finding a good general solution or a way of optionally
enabling a feature that would still allow Debian and Ubuntu to share the
same source.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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