Standardisation of the name of the patching targets included in debian/rules.
Dear maintainers of CDBS, dpatch, and quilt,
if you are subscribed to firstname.lastname@example.org, you must have noticed the
long discussion about patch systems. An idea that was quite popular
was to standardise the patch target in all patch systems used during
Here is a summary of the targets used by the different makefile
includes available to the developpers:
File Package To patch To depatch
/usr/share/dpatch/dpatch.make dpatch patch unpatch
/usr/share/quilt/quilt.make quilt patch unpatch
/usr/share/cdbs/1/rules/patchsys-quilt.mk quilt apply-patches reverse-patches
/usr/share/cdbs/1/rules/simple-patchsys.mk cdbs apply-patches reverse-patches
/usr/share/cdbs/1/rules/dpatch.mk cdbs apply-dpatches deapply-dpatches
Since these five files provide patching facilities to a large number of Debian
source packages, it would be very advantageous if they could use the same
name for the patching and depatching rules: developpers could use them
without needing ab initio knowledge of the underlying system.
Obviously, there is no solution that wouldn't require a change in at least two
packages, and that is the reason I contact all of you and CC debian-devel.
Have a nice day,
Debian-med packaging team
Wakō, Saitama, Japan