Preparing for a point release

Eric S. Raymond esr at
Wed Dec 6 13:02:17 UTC 2017

Richard Laager via devel <devel at>:
> On 12/05/2017 10:32 PM, Eric S. Raymond via devel wrote:
> > At least in RPM-land, they like to use the package's own make install
> > when possible.  I sin't know about Debian packaging.
> Yes, it's ideal to use upstream's make install. Obviously, we packagers
> can patch as necessary.
> I get the impression that Debian packages, in general, tend to do more
> patching than RPMs.

I also get that immpression.

> Debian, in particular, doesn't like waf being in the release tarball. It
> is considered non-free, as it's a big blob, unfriendly to modification.

Er.  That may be inconvenient, but calling it "non-free" seems kind of
crazy, considering the waf license.
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