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Re: How to cope with patches sanely (Was: State of the project - input needed)

Andreas Tille wrote:
> If you ask me personally the situation with zillions of competing
> VSC systems is even worse than the hand full of tools to build
> Debian packages.  I personally refuse to switch VCS every six month
> because there is a newer and even better one if you trust the one
> or other coworker.

The competing vcs situation has its problems, but no matter what vcs is
used for a package, you can check out the source to the package using
apt-get source. This allows examination and modification of the source
to any package, without needing to know the vcs.

Unless what you get when you run apt-get source is *not* the source that
is in the end used to build the package, which is instead squirrled away
in some arbitrary patch format somewhere under debian/. In this case,
unlike in the vcs case, you have to figure out an arbitrary other tool
to get the source.

The key difference, as I mentioned in my blog post is that using a vcs
does not add vcs-specific cruft (aside from .ignore files and the like)
to the debian source package. Using a patch system does add patch-system
specific cruft.

see shy jo

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