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Re: long lines in source package (was: Re: no final newline in source package: how to deal with this?)

On Fri, 31 Jan 1997, Herbert Xu wrote:

> Joey Hess wrote:
> >
> > The problem is a newline in a file that comes with the original souce of
> > the package, in my case it was a file named Demo.bash. This file was
> > lacking a final newline, and dpkg-source barfed all over it.
> Here is a similar problem, the metamail source package has
> manual pages that contain lines longer than 256 chars.  As
> it turns out, one of the man pages needed fixing and patch
> couldn't cope with the result of diff.
> What should be done in this case? I do have a patch for patch
> but in light of the recent discussion on subdirectories under
> debian/ this is contradictory to the spirit of the standard.

Well, I don't think this has anything to do with standards, although it is
an instance of another diff/patch problem.

> What are the alternatives?

I'm not sure, but sending the patch to the patch maintainer would probably
be a good start.



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