Re: Native package or not?
On 12 Feb 2006, Joey Hess uttered the following:
> Bernhard R. Link wrote:
>> The general suggestion is to not include the debian/ directory in
>> the release tarball. The reason is that by the format of the Debian
>> source packages no files can be removed by another person's
>> .diff.gz and some tools like debhelper act on (non)existance of
>> specific files.
> patch is capable of deleting files and even subdirectories when the
> diff shows that all the lines in a file are removed. The only
> limitation I know of is that a patch cannot represent the deletion
> of an empty file, and it cannot represent removing all lines in a
> file while leaving it empty.
This is interesting. When I remove a file completely from
./debian, as I do in the case of fvwm, diff says "ignoring deletion
of files ...". So, if I had instead just truncaterd the file, it
would be removed from the unpacked tree, while remaining as a zero
byte file in my SCM, but removing it from my SCM means it remains in
the tree after dpkg-source -x.
ironic, I think.
Depart not from the path which fate has assigned you.
Manoj Srivastava <firstname.lastname@example.org> <http://www.debian.org/%7Esrivasta/>
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