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Re: Original sources, or not

On Thu, 18 Sep 2003 08:01:46 +0200, Matthias Urlichs <smurf@debian.org> said: 

> Hi, many packages seem to contain .orig.tar.gz files which may or
> may not be directly related to the files actually available from
> upstream. That is unfortunate.

> I think that it would make sense to add a requirement to Policy that
> the .orig.tar.gz file should be an unmodified copy from upstream.

	Pristine sources are already a desired, but not required,
 characteristic. There are enough brain dead upstream packaging
 practices that we can not mandate pristine sources.

> If that is not possible or doesn't make sense for some reason, the
> way to go from there to here should be documented either textually
> or, preferably, achieved by running debian/package_upstream (or
> whatever).

	This would be an undue burden on a number of packages.  Have
 you done a survey to see how many packages would be affected?  What
 purpose would be served by this target that is not already served by
 recording the upstream source location in the copyright file?  If we
 do not ship pristine sources, it is unlikely that we would be able
 to generate a cryptographically pristine set by this mechanism

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