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

Andreas Tille <tillea@rki.de> writes:

> On Wed, 21 May 2008, Raphael Hertzog wrote:
> > I'm currently evaluating a smooth transition from all orig+diff to
> > the 3.0 (quilt) format and as such I'm not really interested in a
> > new option that only makes sense for the old format that I hope to
> > deprecate in lenny+1.
> Hmmm, do you regard it as realistic that all maintainers will change to
> a new format in Lenny+1?

"$FOO is deprecated in lenny+1" means that, in lenny+1, usage of $FOO
will be deprecated. It doesn't mean "no-one is permitted to use $FOO".

At some point *after* deprecation (i.e. "at some point after lenny+1",
in this example), $FOO becomes unsupported, but preferably only after
a significant proportion has responded to the deprecation by migrating
away from $FOO.

> but I have certain doubts that such kind of transitions are faster
> than for instance /usr/doc -> /usr/share/doc and something like
> that.

A perfect example. '/usr/doc' was deprecated for a long time, yet it
was not until most packages had migrated away from it that it became
mandatory to do so.

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Ben Finney

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