Hi xvid-devel,

although xvid is currently not in the official Debian archive (it awaits its approval in the NEW queue for more than 9 months now [1]) the package is actively maintained by the Debian pkg-multimedia team in the Debian git repository, see [2].

Our packaging in the debian/ directory has been vastly improved and is continuously adapted to Debian packaging standards. However, this cannot be said about the debian/ directory that is shipped in the xvid release tarballs. While it is still sufficient to build and test Debian packages with it, Debian's package quality checking tool "lintian" goes postal on it [3].

In order to maintain the package in Debian's git archive with our debian/ directory, we currently import the xvid release tarballs without their debian/ directory. Since this is cumbersome and error-prone, we would like to ask you to drop the debian/ directory altogether from the release tarballs. Advanced users who might want to build and test Debian packages from other sources but ours could then still checkout an SVN snapshot of xvid and do as they prefer.

Best Regards,
Fabian Greffrath

[1] http://ftp-master.debian.org/new.html
[2] http://git.debian.org/?p=pkg-multimedia/xvidcore.git;a=summary
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