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On 23.07.2013 12:09, Robie Basak wrote:
> It is provided by software-properties-common in more recent releases,
> and is seeded on server now. See bug 439566.
That is good to know. Given that my server installs are based on LTS
releases I only checked the latest LTS.
> All this is true, but you haven't said specifically why this proposal is
> a problem, or why. This proposal *will* make source available without
> having to manually install anything. And providing easy access to the
> source *is* essential, but this proposal doesn't take easy access away.
It adds an additional step to enable sources. Now, if the source
repository would be automatically enabled when the user is requesting a
source package, that would be better than giving an error and asking the
user to enable it.
> Others have said why the current situation is a problem, and
> you haven't addressed that here at all, given that add-apt-repository
> *is* available by default now.
To be absolutely honest, I don't see the problem. The source index files
for precise-updates and precise-security (the only pockets that are
expected to change as far as I can tell) are all-together something like
1MB and have a low rate of change. Is downloading that small amount of
data once a week really that much of a problem?