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Re: Preferred git branch structure when upstream moves from tarballs to git


On Wed 01 May 2019 at 09:53PM +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:

> On Wed, May 01, 2019 at 08:14:24AM +0200, Thomas Goirand wrote:
>> It's basically useless, since upstream repository is just one command
>> away, with the upstream URL documented in debian/rules.
> This assumes the upstream URL lives forever.  But what if the upstream
> repo's hoster (let's call it "alioth") goes offline?  It's not an unheard
> of thing: Gitorious, Google Code, etc...
> To me, having the pristine code in a preferred form for modification in the
> same place as your packaged version follows the spirit of GPL from 3 decades
> ago, or the design of .dsc of 2⅔ decades ago that calls for shipping the
> pristine upstream tarball and Debian patches separately.  And today, I
> really wouldn't call a flat tarball the preferred form for modification.

Perhaps I'm missing something, but zigo said he was pushing upstream's
tags to his repo.  Doesn't that cover this?

Sean Whitton

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