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Re: Centralized darcs

On Wed, Aug 09, 2006 at 11:12:15AM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> What I need as someone working on a package for which I'm not the
> maintainer is this:
> dpkg-source -x must give me something I can immediately edit and diff
> on the resulting tree after I've edited and built it must produce a
> sane patch.  So debian/rules build must not edit any source files.
> This is the supposedly universal interface for Debian packages, which
> the rest of us (ie, people not the package maintainer) are relying on.
> It is my opinion that packages where dpkg-source -x doesn't produce
> the source that actually gets compiled are in violation of policy.

In every single patch system I've encountered, you can run debian/rules
patch and get the patched source. It's only one more command and I consider
it universal for all patch systems deployed in Debian. 

Admittedly, I do few NMU's though, so I could be missing things. But I did
investigate a large number of patch systems for use with xorg and they all
had this in common.

 - David Nusinow

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