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Re: Feedback on 3.0 source format problems

On Jan 10 2017, Guido Günther <agx@sigxcpu.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 04, 2017 at 04:38:11PM -0800, Nikolaus Rath wrote:
>> On Jan 05 2017, Brian May <bam@debian.org> wrote:
>> > Vincent Bernat <bernat@debian.org> writes:
>> >
>> >> There have been a lot of complaints about it. For me, it is a pain to
>> >> use. Its integration with gbp is poor, it produces a messy history when
>> >> you are working on your patches and I often run into problems with
>> >> .debian/.git-dpm file it maintains (import a new upstream, make some
>> >> changes, notice that somebody else also pushed a change, pull --rebase,
>> >> everything is broken). Since we started using it, we opened a lot of bug
>> >> reports and not a single one of them has been fixed. I think that nobody
>> >> wants to work on it because it is an extremely fragile tool and the
>> >> first one to try to fix it will inherit of all the problems to solve.
>> >
>> > It also has a number of bugs that are not getting fixed.
>> Yeah, I think we heard before that git-dpm is not being maintained. I
>> said it, Vincent said it in his reply, and now you are saying it
>> again. No one is disputing the point.
>> > Plus if conflicts occur because multiple people unexpectedly make
>> > changes at the same time it (i.e. you can't push because somebody else
>> > already pushed changes) can be a world of confusion trying to sort out
>> > the mess.
>> Yes, it is a mess. But I don't think it's any worse than having to
>> resolve conflicts in debian/patches/, which is the equivalent problem
>> when multiple people use gbp at the same time.
> When this happens you do a "gbp pq import" and have the full power of
> git rebas at your hands.

Are you sure? The problem we're talking about is when two conflicting
changes to debian/patches have been committed. I think in that case you
first have to solve the git conflict before you can call gbp pq - or can
gbp pq import really deal with conflict markers *inside the patch*?


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