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Old 05-15-2012, 05:32 AM
Norbert Preining
Default why do people introduce stup^Wstrange changes to quilt 3.0 format

Hi dpkg-* maintainers,

I know, it is documented in dpkg-source man page:
Contrary to quilt's default behaviour, patches are expected to apply
without any fuzz. When that is not the case, you should refresh such
patches with quilt, or dpkg-source will error out while trying to
apply them.
Still I request reverting this change. It is a PITA and nothing else.

Is there a rational behind not allowing any fuzz?
Any *rational* explanation why I and probably many other have to
unfuzzify permanently patches where I *KNOW* that they are ok?

If I have a fuzzy patch that shifts one line or so, especially when
using svn/git based orig.tar.gz, this is as much a hurdle as anything else.

Well, the only options is to drop stupid 3.0 format and move back to
1.0 and use quilt manually. Is this what Debian dpkg devs want?

Best wishes

Norbert Preining preining@{jaist.ac.jp, logic.at, debian.org}
JAIST, Japan TeX Live & Debian Developer
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