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

Le Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 11:49:49AM +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli a écrit :
> Considering all the above, it would be nice if policy could start to discourage
> tar-in-tar, at least with a "should" (not) requirement. A potentially
> appropriate place where to mention that seems to be §4.8 "Restrictions on
> objects in source packages".

Hi Stefano,

I wonder if it isn't out of the scope of the Policy to recommend against
practices that are anyway in strong decline. If the new packages that enter our
archive do not use the tar-in-tar model unless they have a good reason, my
feeling is that it is not necessary to emphasise that tar-in-tar should not be

This said, the Developers Reference already has an extensive section about
upstream tarballs. Would't it be a better place to pass your message ?

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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