Re: debian packages: single diff vs multiple patches (as in rpm)
On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 08:55:55PM +0100, GCS wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 30, 2003 at 05:56:33PM +0100, Thomas Viehmann <email@example.com> wrote:
> > It is also not uncommon to make an orig.tar.gz of (possibly multiple)
> > upstream tarballs by putting them in a directory and tarring that.
> Ofcourse you mean tar+gzip that, as orig is always tar.gz; alhough I
> think it's quite unefficient to have upstream source in tar.bz2 in some
> dir, and tar.gz it into orig.tar.gz ... Sometimes I feel that it would
> be better to utilize source mirrors. I mean Debian ftp servers would
> carry the diff.gz+dsc files, but not the package source (orig.tar.gz) -
> instead a mirror list for that source should be maintained, and
> automagically downloaded by 'apt-get source' from the first available.
In addition to unnecessarily complicating what is currently a simple and
reliable process, this would violate the licenses of much of the software
that Debian distributes.