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Re: RFC: should there be a dpkg-edit-patch

On Tue, 28 Apr 2009, Goswin von Brederlow wrote:
> But what if the package was unpacked without quilt? Or the user is not
> familiar with quilt? Having to add files before editing takes getting
> used to.

Well, standardizing is interesting because one has to learn only one
system and this system is quilt. So I don't want to replace quilt with
dpkg tools. The user should have quilt installed and it will be used.
Once the format is standard, I will add a Recommends: quilt to avoid
this problem to some extent.

> Wouldn't it be nice to have a dpkg-edit-patch command in dpkg-dev that
> would work like dpatch-edit-patch and with or without quilt?


> Additionaly I think it would be nice to be able to rename the
> debian/patches/debian-changes-version file or merge it into a previous
> patch. Maybe we could have

Same answer, it's not really dpkg's businees IMO.

> Last how about annotating the debian/patches/debian-changes-version
> patch when generating it adding infos from DEBFULLNAME, NAME, DEBEMAIL
> and/or EMAIL just like dch does when generating the changelog? If none
> of them are set the name/email from the last changelog entry could be
> used.

Yes, it's in my plans. But I would like us to standardize those
meta-informations first so that I can put a useful template. That's why I
reserved DEP #3 (Patch Tagging Guidelines).

Raphaël Hertzog

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