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

On Fri January 25 2008 3:47:36 am sean finney wrote:
> hiya,
> On Friday 25 January 2008 09:50:56 am Andreas Tille wrote:
> > I would be absolutely unhappy about this.  On one hand it is just a
> > waste of resources to clone upstream source on the other hand handling a
> > set of (documented!!) patches seems much more clearly for my taste.
> "inconvenient because of poor support in $VCS" != "just a waste of
> resources".
> In fact as i'm slowly getting involved with more and more packages using
> git, i'm finding it much more easy and natural to have the orig upstream
> in the VCS.

I'm using Mercurial, and have similar thoughts there.

Really, I find a dVCS a perfect tool for this.  This is exactly its strength.  
We have a branch (upstream) and another branch (Debian).  When upstream has 
a new version, we do a merge.  This is a core strength of these tools.  We 
get a regular-looking tree for easy diffing and use by non-VCS users, plus 
we get full upstream and Debian history for free.  Oh, and easy 
collaboration thrown in.

-- John

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