[SOLVED] "deb http" vs "deb-src http"

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[SOLVED] "deb http" vs "deb-src http"

Postby bobsmith on Thu Jul 16, 2009 6:11 pm

When I install a piece of software, the directions often say something like this: "Add the following two lines to your /etc/apt/sources.list file. The two lines begin with this:

deb http...
deb-src http...

It is my understanding that the "deb-src http" line has to do with getting source code, and since I never compile packages, I don't add that line. And I haven't noticed any negative results.

Just curious... what do others do? Is there any other reason to add the "deb-src http" line that I might be missing?
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Re: "deb http" vs "deb-src http"

Postby richyrich on Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:02 pm

Hi bobsmith,
Yes, you are right, it is not required. Just makes mintUpdate check more databases on startup, but it does provide the changelog info.
As simply as possible; Open Source Software requires providing both the software AND the source code to the end user, to comply with the Open Source Initiative.

http://www.opensource.org/docs/osd

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Re: "deb http" vs "deb-src http"

Postby bobsmith on Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:06 pm

Thanks Richard!
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