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Re: How to handle Debian patches

On Sat, 17 May 2008 09:07:08 +0200, Mike Hommey <mh@glandium.org> said: 

>> I find a quilt series to not fit the bill very well. On the other
>> hand, creating ./debian/topics/foo/ with a git-format-patch series
>> for each branch in there might be doable -- but then, these
>> individual patches might not apply cleanly over each other.

> Having to merge 30 topic branches is not a workable solution either.

        I personally do not have a package with 30 topic branches. I
 have had ones with about 10 or so, though none at the moment.

        But in each topic branch, there are more than one patches -- I
 like having one patchset that makes a change, but still compiles and
 works, and then the next patchset, until I have the functionality
 needed for the topic branch.

        This breaking up the topic branch into separate, small,
 individually documented patches helps understanding; and does not
 create an explosion of branches -- all these patches are on the same

        To do the same in quilt, by maintaining patchsets into small,
 easily understandable, but working chunks, we'll have to keep these
 patches separate -- which is why we can get away with fewer branches
 than we can with quilt patches. Or else make our quilt patches less
 easy to understand and test.

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