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Re: Adding quilt to the new maintainer guide.

> * Charles Plessy (charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org) [070413 09:28]:
> > 	Nevertheless, I tried quilt this week and I like it a
> > lot. Actually, I find it simpler than dpatch because it is not
> > necessary to convert the patches to a special format. I would like to
> > submit a patch to the new maintainer guide to promote quilt together
> > with dpatch. Shall I send a bug report directly, or shall we discuss
> > the patch on this list before ?

Le Fri, Apr 13, 2007 at 07:51:40PM +0200, Andreas Barth a écrit :
> Actually, we hope to get rid of both quilt and dpatch as recommended
> utilities as soon as the w&p source format is used.

Hi, this sounds very interesing, what does w&p stand for? Where can we
find more information? When it is scheduled to be adopted?

In the meantime, patching the NM guide may still be relevant. I will
submit the following patch to the BTS, but I would be happy to improve
it before with the help of the list.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Wako, Saitama, Japan
--- maint-guide.orig.sgml	2007-04-13 10:16:56.000000000 +0900
+++ maint-guide.sgml	2007-04-14 11:52:12.000000000 +0900
@@ -1647,7 +1647,7 @@
-  <sect id="dpatch">The <prgn>dpatch</prgn> system
+  <sect id="dpatch">The <prgn>dpatch</prgn> and <prgn>quilt</prgn>systems
 The simple use of <prgn>dh_make</prgn> and
 <prgn>dpkg-buildpackage</prgn> commands will create a single large
@@ -1662,29 +1662,35 @@
 Several methods for the patch set maintenance have been proposed and are in
-use with Debian packages.  The <prgn>dpatch</prgn> system is one of the
+use with Debian packages.  The <prgn>dpatch</prgn> and <prgn>quilt</prgn> systems are of the
 simplest of such patch maintenance system proposed.  Other ones are
 dbs, cdbs, etc.
-A package which is packaged properly with the <prgn>dpatch</prgn> system
+A package which is packaged properly with the <prgn>dpatch</prgn> or <prgn>quilt</prgn> systems
 has modifications to the source clearly documented as a set of 
 -p1 patch files with header in
 <file>debian/patches/</file> and the source tree is untouched outside of
 <file>debian/</file> directory.  If you are asking a sponsor to upload
 your package, this kind of clear separation and documentation of your
 changes are very important to expedite the package review by your
-sponsor.  The usage method of <prgn>dpatch</prgn> is explained in
-<manref section="1" name="dpatch"> and 
-<manref section="1" name="dpatch-edit-patch">.
+sponsor.  The usage method of <prgn>dpatch</prgn> and <prgn>quilt</prgn> is explained in
+<manref section="1" name="dpatch">,
+<manref section="1" name="dpatch-edit-patch"> and
+<manref section="1" name="quilt">.
+Both programs provide convenience files to include in <file>debian/rules<file>:
+<file>/usr/share/dpatch/dpatch.make</file> and
 When someone (including yourself) provides you with a patch to the
-source later, then the package modification under dpatch is quite
+source later, then the package modification is quite
 <list compact>
 <item>Edit patch to make it a -p1 patch to the source tree.
-<item>Add header using <prgn>dpatch patch-template</prgn> command.
+<item>In the case of <prgn>dpatch</prgn>, add header using <prgn>dpatch patch-template</prgn> command.
 <item>Drop it into <file>debian/patches</file>
-<item>Add the dpatch filenames to <file>debian/patches/00list</file>
+<item>Add the patch filenames to <file>debian/patches/00list</file> (for <prgn>dpatch</prgn>)
+or <file>debian/patches/series</file> (for <prgn>quilt</prgn>).
 Also, <prgn>dpatch</prgn> has a capability to make patches architecture

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