On Tue, 2012-01-24 at 15:46 -0400, Joey Hess wrote: > Yaroslav Halchenko wrote: > > I just thought to check with you on either the idea itself sounds any > > reasonable... > > > > in the frame of NeuroDebian we package "data" packages which are usually > > quite large in size... there were numerous previous discussions on > > viable ways to gain some convenience/size tradeoff, e.g. how to not > > duplicate 1GB of data in .orig and .deb files. But now that you > > equipped us with git-annex , it might be time to research for new ways? > > > > just a blunt idea -- what if 3.0 (git) format (with which I haven't > > played before either) gets extended to provide git-annex'ed .git with > > references to publicly (and local for buildds) available annex-ed > > remotes and original urls (added via git annex addurl). Then by > > dropping of all load from .git within .orig we achieve small > > size, while providing ways to fetch the original load either from urls, > > or git-annex-ed remotes. > > > > Does it sound any sensible? > > I hope that git-annex may be useful to teams working on large data in a > VCS. I have only heard from a few projects doing this so far. > > But, as a Debian source package goes, it's not sufficient for git-annex > to know a remote or a url that has the data. That wouldn't help if using > this source package on a desert island. > > Now, maybe git-annex could be taught to use apt as a special remote, so > it could know that a given file in the source package can be obtained > by getting the corresponding binary package with apt and extracting the > file from it. While somewhat weird and recursive, there's no technical > reason that couldn't work. > > Whether the ftpmasters would accept such a source package, that instead > of some of the sources, contains essentially a note pointing at the > actual data in the binary package next to it; I don't know.
We have that already in Debian. It's called build-depends. _______________________________________________ vcs-home mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.madduck.net/listinfo/vcs-home