Re: New source package formats now available
* Raphael Hertzog <email@example.com> [2009-11-21 20:51:51 CET]:
> On Sat, 21 Nov 2009, Gerfried Fuchs wrote:
> > * Raphael Hertzog <firstname.lastname@example.org> [2009-11-21 16:54:36 CET]:
> > > * even if you don't have any upstream patch right now, next time that
> > > someone must NMU your package, they can cleanly add a patch (with a
> > > proper DEP-3 header) without having to modify the build system
> > This is nothing new for the 3.0 (quilt) format, this is a reason for
> > any patch system format, so this feels a bit like false-advertising,
> > sorry.
> Currently a package without a patch system needs heavy modifications in
> debian/rules to setup the patch system. So when you want to add a patch in
> debian/patches and not in the .diff.gz, you have to choose a patch system
> in place of the maintainer.
Heavy modification? What's so heavy on three entries there?
Sorry, but these additions are next to nowhere "heavy modifications",
that's a bit over overrating, to say the least.
> With 3.0 (quilt), you don't need to do any such modification... the patch
> system is already available even if not used. That's what this point
The modifications are implied, but it means that the source format is
already this "heavy modification", on a similarly heavy modification
scale. Additionally, if someone wants to sepearte the patches into
feature-patches instead of one-modification-patch-per-upload they will
have to additionally pull in quilt anyway to work on it properly,
without having it implied through the build-depends and being guided in
the right direction through README.Source.
> In general it should work, but you're right that we have a problem
> here with the buildds running an old version of sbuild (there are still
> many buildd in that situation) because they do "dpkg-source -x" outside
> of the buildd chroot where quilt is not installed even if you added
> quilt in your build-depends.
> AFAIK newer sbuild should do "dpkg-source -x" in the chroot where quilt is
> installed due to build-depends and the .pc directory is then created
> at unpack time.
> > -) quilt doesn't find any applied patches (because dpkg doesn't create
> > the .pc/ directory structure)
> dpkg-source -x uses quilt if it's installed, so if it's here the .pc
> structure is created.
Alright, thanks for explaining the issue - so for the time, what do you
suggest? Remove the quilt handling? Actually ignore the error that quilt
gives (like you suggested on IRC)? Or wait until the sbuild fix is