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Re: 01/02: gnu: fmt: Use HTTPS and git-fetch.

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: 01/02: gnu: fmt: Use HTTPS and git-fetch.
Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2020 15:39:39 +0100
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Marius Bakke <address@hidden> skribis:

> Pierre Neidhardt <address@hidden> writes:
>> Duh, I confused these with the github generated archive, sorry about
>> that.
>> Is there any preference between git-fetch and url-fetch?
> url-fetch requires less bandwidth, and does not depend on 'git'.
> Though the most important distinction is that uploaded releases
> sometimes contain pre-processed sources (e.g. documentation) that need
> additional dependencies or scripts when building from the raw repository
> (this is why you often need to add autoconf, libtool & friends as inputs
> when building Autotools projects from git).
> I don't know whether there is a difference between the uploaded fmt
> zipball and the git repository.

Other considerations:

  - Bandwidth requirement for source code downloads has never been a
    criterion so far.

  - Git references are nice because they’re (roughly) content-addressed.

  - ‘guix lint -c archival’ archives Git references on Software
    Heritage; it does not archive tarballs (though SWH will do it
    for us eventually.)


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