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Re: Should dpkg-source -x list patches (Re: How to handle Debian patches)

On Mon, 19 May 2008, Manoj Srivastava wrote:

       In that case, I fail to see why you are only interested in this
information if the maintainer did not use quilt. Seems like you should
be concerned about changes made to upstream, period,  regardless of
whether the changes are recorded in quilt or not.

       Am I missing something?

Yes.  You are missing the fact that anybody who inspects a package will
inspect the debian dir anyway.  If there is a patches directory it is
obvious that upstream files are patched and there is no need to explicitely
give a hint about this.  If patches are "hidden" anywhere in the upstream
code some developers fail to realise this and my suggestion might help
noticing this fact.

Kind regards



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