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

> herbert >Here is a similar problem, the metamail source package has
> herbert >manual pages that contain lines longer than 256 chars.  As
> herbert >it turns out, one of the man pages needed fixing and patch
> herbert >couldn't cope with the result of diff.
> herbert >
> Patch the patch <G> program. We cannot avoid the issue here since it is an
> upstream generated one in contrast to the debmake issue which was an
> internal issue of the project.

Well, is it really the patch/diff programme? I didn' try the metamail
manpages, but I just tried one 424 char long line file, created
a diff with it, and then pached a file with that diff. No problems

Really, I'm suspecting that it's again dpkg-source that puts much
stricter restrictions on the diff files that patch/diff do. However,
the real metamail source package man pages could prove me wrong.

> herbert >What should be done in this case? I do have a patch for patch
> herbert >but in light of the recent discussion on subdirectories under
> herbert >debian/ this is contradictory to the spirit of the standard.
> herbert >What are the alternatives?

OK, so you are sure it's the patch programme?

joost witteveen
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