On Sun, Aug 15, 2010 at 08:28:05PM -0400, Alexandre Quessy wrote:

2010/8/12 Jonas Smedegaard <d...@jones.dk>:

 2. Release a tarball (with debian subdir stripped)

I just wanted to stress out the fact that the debian directory need to be out of the upstream tarball. (and repository) It took me a few week to get that part. Once it's done, packaging is a lot easier... :)

Actually, this is not necessarily true any longer.

For Squeeze and newer releases, it is recommended to use the DKPG source format "3.0 (quilt)", which ignores an upstream debian subdir. From the manpage of (a recent packaging of) dpkg-source:

The debian tarball is extracted on top of the source directory after prior removal of any pre-existing debian directory.

It is still the most elegant way to release an upstream tarball without redistribution "noise" IMO, even if Debian and its derivatives now are able to suppress it :-)

Kind regards,

 - Jonas

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