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Re: How to handle Debian patches



On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 04:04:20PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> > To me this one proof more than even when VCS are used to maintain
> > packages, our source packages must clearly identify the Debian patches
> > that are applied.
> 
> You're insinuatiog that a VCS does not allow easily browsing and
> examining patches, and I just don't buy it.

This is not the point IMO. The point is that we won't be able in the
near future (5 years?) to converge to a single well-known $VCS, there
are just too many, and we can't require all free software eyes to grok
it. On the contrary it is the case that a list of (sequential) .diff
files are understandable by whoever is manipulating free software source
code.

So yes, in this respect I concur that a set of published (though
commented!) patches is better than $VCS.

Cheers.

PS I'm also convinced that 10 years from now the free software world
   will have converged on git, but this is a different story

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