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Looking for example package that uses multiple source tarballs

hi everyone,

I am working on packaging a matlab/octave toolbox that involves multiple source tarballs


this toolbox contains a number of built-in utilities that are linked to the source repo via submodules


however, the github release tarball does not contain these submodules and I must combine those to build the package.

I previous had used a shell script to merge the source code trees and create a single .orig.tar.gz, however, I was told that using debian/repack and uscan is the preferred way to perform changes like this.

I notice that debian/watch file supports multiple source components, so I wrote the below watch file:


opts="dversionmangle=s/\+dfsg\.\d+$//,filenamemangle=s/\S+\/v?(\S+)\.tar\.gz/iso2mesh-$1\.tar\.gz/" \
    https://github.com/fangq/iso2mesh/tags .*/v?(\d\S+)\.tar\.gz \
    debian debian/repack

https://github.com/fangq/cork/releases .*/v(\d[\d\.]*)\.(?:tar.gz|tar.bz2|tar.xz)
https://github.com/fangq/meshfix/releases .*/v(\d[\d\.]*)\.(?:tar.gz|tar.bz2|tar.xz)

but when I ran uscan --verbose, it only downloaded/repacked the main source file, but refused to download the components

uscan info: Matching target for filenamemangle: /fangq/iso2mesh/archive/v1.9.5.tar.gz
uscan info: Download filename (filenamemangled): iso2mesh-1.9.5.tar.gz
Removing non-DFSG-free files:
removed '/tmp/tmp.uNMHl78FqP/octave-iso2mesh-1.9.1.orig/bin/README.txt'
Rebuilding DFSG-free upstream source tarball:
Moving completed upstream tarball to ‘../octave-iso2mesh_1.9.1.orig.tar.gz’:
uscan info: Newest upstream tarball version selected for download (uversionmangled): 0.9
uscan info: Download filename (filenamemangled): v0.9.tar.gz
uscan info: Newest version of octave-iso2mesh on remote site is 0.9, local version is 1.9.1
uscan info:    => Only older package available from
uscan info: Scan finished

I am wondering if you know any sample package that uses repack/uscan to combine multiple source packages? The uscan manpage mentioned about MUT, but I could not find a working example.

thanks, let me know if you have any suggestions.


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