Bug#993721: please add full sources, or have a README.Source

Marc Haber mh+debian-packages at zugschlus.de
Sun Sep 5 14:54:39 BST 2021

Package: exim4
Version: 4.95~RC2-1
Severity: wishlist


even since the migration to git and salsa, the exim4 packaging
repository still has the debian/-only layout that was common back in
those dpatch/svn days. After one and a half decades have passed, times
have changed, and I am surely not the only Debian Developer who has lost
the familiarity with the debian/-only workflow and/or never grokked it
in a git workflow. I must admit that I do local modification from the
source package from the archive, ignoring what's in version control.

Please consider moving the git repository to the more common 3.0 (quilt)
format with full upstream sources format or add a debian/README.Source
file to the current layout that can be used to understand what is
necessary to build the package.

This would make things vastly easier for the Security team and for other
people to contribute.

I remember trying to convert the repository to full source but failing.
Maybe the bullseye release would be the correct point in time to try
that again, possibly without the ambitioned goal to have past versions
in the "new" format as well.

Additionally, since dpkg can handle multiple upstream sources in a
single Debian source package, maybe it's also time to pull eximdoc4 into
the exim4 package proper.

Thanks for your consideration!


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