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Pierre Habouzit 02-05-2008 07:17 PM

How to cope with patches sanely --> Debian New Maintainers' Guide
On Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 06:24:38PM +0000, Patrick Schoenfeld wrote:
> So, I would agree with those recommending quilt, if it has significant
> pros besides dpatch. That would be forcing to a specific tool and so
> giving up some diversity, but it would keep giving up freedom of choice
> on a low level, while forcing everybody to a specific VCS wouldn't keep
> it low.

Again, the discussion isn't (for me) about a tool, but an exchange
format. We are discussing having patches served in a quilt series, and
let people adapt their tools to be able to export their work as a quilt
series so that other can find it and import it in their own tool of
choice if needed.

Enforcing maintenance tools is A Bad Idea™. The difference is huge:
having common interfaces means that there is One True Tool that everyone
can use if he doesn't know the Real Tools the Maintainer uses (apt-get
source versus $SCM clone/checkout/whatever).

·O· Pierre Habouzit

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