[Fedora-packaging] Modifying upstream tarballs

Ville Skyttä ville.skytta at iki.fi
Tue Jun 5 06:24:26 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 05 June 2007, Jason L Tibbitts III wrote:
> I understand that there are circumstances where the upstream tarballs
> need to be modified to removed content which is patented or cannot be
> redistributed for some reason.  However, should that be the extent of
> the permitted modifications?
> Take, for example, this comment from a current review ticket:

There are cases where further modifications are useful, eg. in order to 
eliminate build dependencies.

But anyway, no matter what the changes to the tarballs/zipfiles/whatever are, 
just like in the case of tar'ing up cvs/svn/etc snapshots, all of them should 
be done with a script, and the script included in the source rpm plus a 
comment in the specfile like "SourceX generated from vanilla upstream tarball 
with SourceY".  That helps everyone involved with the package.

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