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

On Sun, Oct 07, 2007 at 02:56:47PM +1000, Anthony Towns wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 06, 2007 at 10:37:48PM +0000, Colin Watson wrote:
> > The second possibility seems to me to be more flexible, though, and
> > probably not all that hard to implement: build both a .tar.gz
> > (containing the working tree) and a .$VCS.tar.gz, and teach 'dpkg-source
> > -x' to unpack the tree given at least one of these. This would allow
> > various interesting possibilities such as:
> Would this be better in any way than having a web interface that provides
> an autogenerated version-1 source package? Presume it's a url like:
> 	http://v1source.qa.debian.org/i/ifupdown/ifupdown_0.6.8.dsc

Autogenerated source packages won't (presumably, certainly not without
some special arrangements) be mirrored on useful services like
www.mirrorservice.org that let you peek inside tarballs without opening
them, and seem difficult for people to mirror locally in general since
it would put a lot of stress on v1source.qa.debian.org which I expect
would be a lot less beefy than the regular Debian mirror network. I'm
quite attached to being able to peek inside source packages quickly by
sshing over to the local mirror I keep at home which grabs everything
overnight so that I don't have to wait for it to download; particularly
so for large source packages.

> >   * Derivative distributions who are slow to upgrade their dpkg-source
> >     could still interoperate to some degree.
> They'd need to pull sources from the autogenerated url; though they'd
> still probably have Build-Depends: issues if they're not updating
> packages generally.

Oh, I was referring more to the buildd base system and archive
maintenance code too; dak needs to be updated in order to accept format
3.0 source packages, for instance.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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