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    New experimental source package format
    Submitted by colinwalters on Monday, July 22, 2002 – 02:24
    PackagesIf you’re a Debian developer, or someone who often works with Debian source packages, you have probably experienced the hodgepodge of build systems in Debian’s thousands of packages.

    Some include tarballs inside of tarballs; others have a separate debian/patches directory. In some, when you upgrade a package to a newer upstream version, you may have to change three separate variables in different files. This is just plain broken, and has led to the design and initial implementation of a new source package format for Debian packages.

    Here’s a summary of new features:

    • Supports more compression/archive types (.tar.bz2, .zip)
    • debian/ directory is stored as a tarball, not as a diff.
      This means you can include binary files like .pngs.
    • Integrated patch application into source unpacking process. The directory debian/patches will be examined for patches to apply.
    • Regular text as well as xdelta patches supported.
      Note: xdelta support has not been extensively tested yet.
    • Supports multiple upstream source packages.
    • Can generate patches, for placement into debian/patches directory.
    • Clean, extensible class-based implementation architecture.
    • For more information, see here

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    Subject: cvs-buildpackage
    Author: daniel@raging.dropbear.id.au
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/07/23 – 09:25
    I never used the bastard thing. For apache2, I just took snapshots and made my own .tar.bz2’s as I was using DBS anyway (not that I could use it at all with ulogd or pre-DBS apache2, it was just too plain hard), and with KDE 2.2, we cvs up’ed from KDE_2_2_BRANCH every time we made new packages, but didn’t bump the version number.
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