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[opensuse-buildservice] Solving source service misconceptions
Hi y'all,

as it occured several times already, there seem to be some misconceptions
about source services for the Build Service. Recently, it seemed to became
fashionable to replace each and every package tarball with a download service
pointing to some URL. As by most commit messages, people seem to be believe
that some magic update logic will happen once upstream releases a new tarball.
Just to make this clear, this won't happen!

The only thing that changes is that the source tarball is not stored alongside
your spec but downloaded on-demand instead (speak, with every rebuild). And it
is not (yet) cached and you still have to update stuff (by changing that URL).
As a packager, you have to download the tarball anyways because you want to
look at new documentation files or update your local patches.

However, this may make sense if you use it together with some more source
services (like re-packaging or checksum checks), but I consider it unfriendly
to change someone else's packages to use source services without asking.
Please don't do that.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Sascha Peilicke
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