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Bug#610298: phasing out tar-in-tar in source packages

On Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:29:42 +0100, Luk Claes wrote:

> > tar-in-tar source packages, i.e. Debian source packages which contains upstream
> > sources in compressed form and uncompress them on the fly during the build
> > process, are a bit of a PITA. 

Indeed, they are -- we have a couple in the pkg-perl group.

> There are a couple of reasons for tar-in-tar source packages that I
> remember coming across: multiple upstream sources combined as one Debian
> source package, 

And we have them for this reason; or put otherwise, we'd like to get
rid of them which requires at least one of two things:
- ftp-masters accept very small packages (which they have declined to
  do in the past, a recent request for the current policy is #606411)
- build tools provide a mechanism to build different sub-packages
  separately. dpkg with source format v3 alone does not help here (beyond
  unpacking etc. the tarballs), http://packages.qa.debian.org/pkg-components
  is a first step but still very "young" [0]

I don't mind deprecating bundles with tarballs but just recommending
against them is not enough to make them go away :)


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