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Re: Centralized darcs

On Wed, Aug 02, 2006 at 11:23:31AM +0200, Thijs Kinkhorst wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-08-01 at 16:47 -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
> > I do use darcs to track patches against upstream.  I really don't
> > understand the whole cdbs/dpatch/whatever thing -- why use a hack to
> > manage your patches when you could use a real VC tool that does it
> > better?
> A patch system can be very convenient for the people who are not the
> maintainer of the package - if you fetch the source package from the
> archive you get all packages neatly separated and mostly with a
> description. It's then easy to extract a patch, disable a patch or add a
> new one, for example when NMU'ing.

Actually, I disagree with that.  I always hate having to work with a
package that uses a patch management system, because then I have to
learn the system before I can do any work on the package.  And there are
several systems.  Plus it's not always quick & easy to generate a diff
for an NMU out of that.  And the resulting diff isn't necessarily easy
to read (being a diff of a diff).

> If I'm correct the source package won't display the changesets from your
> VC.

That is correct, per Debian policy.  However, if you're just NMUing,
presumably you wouldn't care about that -- you'd send me a diff, which
would then become a changeset in my VC tool.

-- John

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