On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 02:27:34PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote: > Not really. I prefer to have the source packages be unpackged > even on a machine which does not run Debian, using just plain old tar > and patch. Thus I tend to ship the diff.gz as something that creates > the set of bytes the package build was done from, and which is > extracted easily without you having to have dpkg installed. > > I see the source package as something useful perhaps even in a > non distro specific setting.
indeed, they are. but exactly for working outside of debian it would be preferable to have the patches easely accessible seperately. i occasionally try to pick patches from other distributions when packaging for foresight because in the end we share most of the problems and patches for it. to work with a debian package i currently have to pull out the patch from the diff either by applying the diff to the source or by manually editing the diff file. from fedora i can just download the patch from fedoras cvs, in fact, if i don't need to edit the patch, then i can just directly refer to the cvs url in conary recipes, thus making it very obvious where the patch comes from: r.addPatch("http://cvs.fedoraproject.org/viewvc/rpms/cone/F-9/cone-gcc43.patch?revision=1.1") so, making patches easely accessible would be really helpful for the exchange between distributions... greetings, martin. -- cooperative communication with sTeam - caudium, pike, roxen and unix offering: programming, training and administration - anywhere in the world -- pike programmer working in china community.gotpike.org unix system- iaeste.(tuwien.ac|or).at open-steam.org administrator caudium.org is.schon.org Martin Bähr http://www.iaeste.or.at/~mbaehr/ _______________________________________________ vcs-pkg-discuss mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/vcs-pkg-discuss