Packaging Guidelines - creating tarball from VCS with script

Toshio Kuratomi a.badger at
Mon May 14 14:22:19 UTC 2012

On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 03:02:23PM +0200, Tomas Radej wrote:
> Hi,
> I was wondering if Packaging Guidelines could be amended so that even when
> creating tarball from VCS, using a standalone shell script would be
> mandatory (see
> ). I believe this could allow easier reviews and package updates as there
> would be no need to copy&paste code from comments, and checking for
> package's checksum could be (at least partially) automated for the
> fedora-review tool.
> What do you think?
Automating of the package's checksum won't work for many VCS's .  git, for
instance, does not preserve timestamps.  So the tarball created from a git
snapshot will have a different checksum for each checkout.

I personally prefer to have the checkout instructions in comments.  It makes
it easier to review what the person did and interrupts my thoughts less when
I can see what the person did to produce the tarball in the same window as
I'm looking at the spec file.  Having to open up a second file to see if the
checkout commands are hitting the canonical source repository and that they
contain enough information to checkout only a single version is
a distraction.

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