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Re: How to cope with patches sanely

On Sun, Feb 24, 2008 at 06:08:17PM -0800, Russ Allbery wrote:
> David Nusinow <dnusinow@speakeasy.net> writes:
> > The problem is that you and Manoj assume that this is the only way to do
> > things. I don't believe this. Pierre Habouzit has been experimenting
> > with an alternative method of feature branches that exports to a linear
> > stack of diffs just fine. Just because Manoj is doing something one way
> > right now doesn't mean it's the only or even the correct way to do it.
> Well, I definitely don't think it's the only way to do things, and I've
> been one of the people arguing in favor of quilt and exporting to a set of
> patches.  :)  But the "native" Git workflow that people have previously
> written up for Debian packages doesn't seem to me to linearize very
> easily, and IMO one of the points here was to let maintainers keep using
> their native workflows and use the package format for interchange.
> Changing the workflow to allow easier export to a particular package
> format seems to be going the wrong direction to me.
> In other words, I still think a patch-based package format is a good idea
> and would be very valuable for a lot of what's in Debian, but I have to
> agree with Manoj's point, based on what I've seen so far, that converting
> an arbitrary Git or Arch repository for Debian package maintenance to such
> a package format isn't necessarily easy.

Ok, that's fair. In the worst case then people who want to use this sort of
workflow could stick everything in a giant diff like we do now, so nothing
would be lost.

 - David Nusinow

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