Subject: Re: Is there any opposition to a debian/ top-level subdir?
From: Sam TH (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Feb 12 2001 - 12:07:07 CST
On Mon, Feb 12, 2001 at 09:57:28AM -0800, Aaron Lehmann wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 12, 2001 at 09:57:36AM -0800, Paul Rohr wrote:
> > At 10:31 PM 2/11/01 -0800, Aaron Lehmann wrote:
> > >We need this to be a native Debian package. If no one minds, I will
> > >add it.
> > We've worked hard to keep the top levels of the tree and minimize directory
> > fanout, so I'd prefer to leave any distro-specific stuff in the master
> > sources here:
> > abi/src/pkg/linux/deb/
> I know, I know, and I very much agree.
> Debian works by reading files out of the debian/ directory. If such a
> directory existed, AbiWord could be a native debian package. Right now
> it is not and the debs require diffs adding the debian/ directory.
> This isn't a major problem, but it makes it far more awkward to
> maintain the debs. In particular, they must be synced with upstream.
> This wouldn't happen if the package was "native", i.e. the packaging
> tools could find the files they needed in the debian/ directory
> without needing a patch to add it.
> It's up to you. Right now a debian/ subdir actually wouldn't gain us
> much since Debian's packaging tools need packages to be based on one
> tarball and we have abi, expat, unixfonts, etc..., so the tarball has
> to be specially crafted specially for debian anyway.
> If both of these problems were fixed, the original abiword tarball
> could be uploaded to debian with no patching or rearranging of files.
> This has obvious administrative benefits.
Aaron: what if the .diff.gz just added a symlink to the
src/pkg/linux/deb. How much maintinence work would that add?
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