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I just ran the command apt-get source nautilus and it saved the code in my home area.

I have been looking through the files (well, grepping) and there are comments like this one (takes from lines 3691 to 3693, in file /po/en_GB.po:

#: ../src/nautilus-places-sidebar.c:519
msgid "Recent files"
msgstr "Recent files"

That looks like it is referencing the file nautilus-places-sidebar.c in ../src (so /src from the main dir with the source code it - nautilus-13.10.1), but in nautilus-13.10.1/src there is no file nautilus-places-sidebar.c.

Why is this - am I interpreting the comment wrong or is the comment incorrect, or what?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

It would be better to fork the source code from Gnome GIT: git://, or the git website.

The source package is needed just to build the current version of an package. This can differ from original sources.

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So will it not have all the files in the apt-get source one? – Tim Jul 28 '14 at 9:13
Correct. The official sources are here: git:// I will upgrade my answer. – Frantique Jul 28 '14 at 9:15

In fact, the problem is that sidebar sources has been moved to gtk+3.0. Сomments just were left as is. This particular file now in gtk/gtkplacessidebar.c.

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