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

also sprach Pierre Habouzit <madcoder@debian.org> [2008.01.27.0939 +1100]:
> On Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 06:00:02PM +0000, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > On Fri, 25 Jan 2008, Michael Banck wrote:
> > > On Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 10:51:05AM +0100, Lucas Nussbaum wrote:
> > > > On 25/01/08 at 08:01 +0000, Steve Langasek wrote:
> > > > > As a second runner up, quilt is ok by me. :)


>   I'm less and less sure that a git-based format is a brilliant
>   idea. I like git more than a lot, but it's a poor idea to base
>   source packages on them.


>   IOW, all that you should need to grok what is in a source package
> should basically be tar/ar/cpio/... and vi.

Are you sure that this has to be the case in 10 years? I know what
you mean, I agree with you, but this sort of thinking must not get
in the way of innovation and advancements. When tar came around,
I am sure some people opposed to its use and said that everything
should be based on ar only. I am glad they didn't get their way
(even if this is fictitious and has never actually happened,

At the same time, I don't think it's wise to expect people to know
the different ways to handle git.tar.gz and bzr.tar.gz and so on.
I think what we want is the often-mentioned wrapper which hides the
actual storage backend in use.

>   Another thing is that people have the old habit to see the
>   source package be the preferred form of modification for
>   a Debian package.

Again, those people are not our priority. We ought not forget them,
but we also shouldn't restrict the rest of the project because of

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