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Re: Intent to commit craziness - source package unpacking

Russ Allbery writes ("Re: Intent to commit craziness - source package unpacking"):
> Ian Jackson <ijackson@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:
> > I'm not sure of the logic behind that.  I don't think dgit helps much
> > with the kind of tasks that pristine-tar helps with.
> The main benefit of pristine-tar is that you can clone the development
> repository on any random host and do package development, build local
> packages for testing, and do a package upload without having to locate any
> additional pieces.  I haven't been following dgit development closely, but
> it did sound like you were addressing the same use case.

dgit will fetch the orig tarball for you.  So you don't have to
"locate" the pieces, but you do have to pay the download cost.

> If sbuild is now at the point where you can just apt-get install sbuild,
> run a single setup command, and be ready to build packages (which is where
> cowbuilder is right now), I personally would be happy to use something
> that's a bit closer to what the buildds are doing.

There is sbuild-setupchroot or something.  I do find that I don't want
it because I like fiddling with the config, so I just use lower level
commands myself.

> However, cowbuilder does just work, in my experience, and it's nice to not
> have to change.

Of course.

I'm sorry I stepped into the argument about which chroot build tool is
best :-).


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