* Bernd Zeimetz <firstname.lastname@example.org>, 2012-08-17, 10:53:
3. Repacking the original tarball just to remove those files is extra
Part of the problem is that we lack good tools to do this extra work
for us. Really, repacking shouldn't be a tedious operation, it
shouldn't take more than 5 seconds, it shouldn't require writing two
dozens lines of code and documentation.
But it usually does and also results in a source tarball which is
missing essential pieces of the software, so people who download it for
non-Debian usage will fail to run the shipped source just because we
removed an otherwise free piece of software.
Meh. How is it different from the software failing to build/work because
of other missing (build-)dependencies? Or: why did upstream stuffed this
serious questions, answers for which should bring us closer to a
solution for the problem.)
Also, it should be noted that repacking is not the only way of
satisfying DFSG§2. Others that come to my mind:
1) Ask upstream to include the full source in their tarballs! (I know,
this is hard.)
2) Put the source somewhere in the debian/ directory. (Don't forget to
mention this fact in the copyright file.)
3) Make a new source package containing every jQuery version existing in
the wild, then build depend on that.
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