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Re: Source Builds

On Thu, Aug 07, 2003 at 07:04:59AM +0300, Shaul Karl wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 06, 2003 at 09:44:10PM -0400, Tom Allison wrote:
> > Maybe I should ask a more primitive question.
> > 
> > What is 'deb-src' for?
> > 
> > I thought it was to provide the source code of a deb package and allow the 
> > end user to subsequently build a CPU specific or slightly modified 
> > (configuration parameters) .deb file for installation onto their own Debian 
> > installation.
>   That is one reason for deb-src. Others might be to comply with the
> license which requires the distributer to let the user have the source,
> to help modifications and further development of the software and so on.

And another is because we actually *want* to be able to supply sources,
even if the licensing doesn't require it.

Also, packages need to be built for all Debian architectures, for which
source packages are necessary.

Colin Watson                                  [cjwatson@flatline.org.uk]

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