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Re: [PATCH] proposed v3 source format using .git.tar.gz

On Sat, Oct 06, 2007 at 11:17:58PM +0200, Frank Lichtenheld wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 06, 2007 at 05:27:04PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> > This means you can't build the package by hand with standard unix tools
> > -- at the very least you need git installed, and if other VC systems
> > are to be supported, you need them too. Changes in repository formats
> > will presumably result in versioned dependencies too.
> > 
> > This is slightly worse than the case for existing patch management tools
> > in that most of those can be dealt with by hand; though cdbs and to a
> > lesser extent debhelper can't be quite as easily replicated I guess.
> A similar problem arises with Format: 2.0 packages as well if the user
> hasn't bzip2 (unlikely) or lzma (likely) installed and tries to unpack
> a source package built with them.

Perhaps 'apt-get source' et al could notice this class of situation and
offer to install the necessary unpacking tools for you. It'd have to
rely on sudo or similar as 'apt-get source' is typically run as
non-root, but it seems like a useful enhancement even so.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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