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Re: RFS: viewglob -- A graphical display of directories referenced at the shell prompt

On Fri, Sep 03, 2004 at 11:02:26PM +0200, Michael Schiansky wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 03, 2004 at 07:04:52PM +0100, Colin Watson wrote:
> > ... or indeed any such obfuscated patching system ...
> Why do you call dpatch 'obfuscated' ? 
> Before I used it for one of my packages i quickly checked the code and it
> simply works. No big fancy stuff etc.
> Did I miss a part?

Compared to simply making the source changes directly, it's obfuscated.
It's also obfuscated for users who can no longer use 'dpkg-source -x'
(as documented since the dawn of time) to see the source code from which
programs are built; instead, they have to hunt through a maze of twisty
makefiles in order to work out the correct debian/rules invocation to
produce the patched source, which is different for almost every patch
system used in Debian and is often poorly documented.

I recommend using a good revision control system instead, which offers
similar benefits to developers while leaving things clear for users.


Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson@debian.org]

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