Hoary Repositories (binary / source)

Andrew Zajac arzajac at gmail.com
Mon May 9 18:40:18 UTC 2005

The GPL requires that the source code be made available.  By providing
packages for the source and the binary, not only do you get the binary
and the source, but the ability to build the package, too.  If you
only had a tarball somwhere, it would not be easy to automate the
building of packages.

You can remove the deb-src entries from your sources.list, though, if
you have no use for them.  This will save you bandwith, especially if
you are on dialup.

On 5/9/05, James Tappin <sjt at star.sr.bham.ac.uk> wrote:
> On Mon, 09 May 2005 14:02:13 +0200
> "René L. Reingard" <reingard at hispeed.ch> wrote:
> RLR>
> RLR> hello,
> RLR> what i never got to understand is that repos are devided into
> RLR> Binary and   Source.
> RLR> how this comes?
> RLR> and if i read the repos for Marillat, i only see one line, binary.
> RLR> how this comes?
> RLR>
> RLR> thanks for telling me about that.
> You only actually need the source packages if you need too rebuild a
> package with different options than the default for some reason (kernel
> excluded, as there are kernel source packages in the binary
> repositories). I'm not really sure why both Ubuntu and Debian enable
> source-package repositories by default -- surely it would be better to
> include the source repositories in the default sources.list but
> commented out. I'm at some level a programmer and I can't think of more
> than a couple of occasions when I've needed to install a source package.
> James
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