[Flac-dev] Inclusion of debian packaging info

Josh Coalson xflac at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 18 14:24:01 PDT 2001

> > 	Sorry, I'm just coming in in the middle of this, but I second
> > 	any motion to include a debian/ dirextory directory in the
> > 	flac sources.
> > 
> > 	In general the build scripts and control files in a debian/
> > 	directory are pretty static and don't change from version to
> > 	version, with the exception of the changelog.  To include them
> > 	in an application's source generally involves very little
> > 	overhead and maintenance.
> Speaking from personal experience, I can say that this is often
> untrue.  For
> example, the flac package, which has gone through 6 fast-paced
> upstream
> releases (0.5 through 0.10), two of these (0.5 and 0.6) have involved
> more than
> one Debian revision (0.5-2 and 0.6-2).  If the debian/ directory had
> been
> included in CVS and released with flac, its contents would have been
> out of
> date almost immediately.  
> ...

Again, I'm inclined to agree with Matt here...

> I am willing to consider the idea of including the debian/ directory
> in flac
> CVS (as opposed to my personal CVS) if Josh doesn't mind some
> additional
> tagging and branching, and the debian/ directory would be omitted
> from the
> official releases.

Ha, I was just about to say "well OK, I'll put a debian/ in
flac CVS if Matt is up to maintaining it."  If both maintainers
have to make such a concession it must not be the elegant way to
go.  I still think it makes sense to keep them separate beasts.


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