[Desktop13.04-Topic] Reduce patch burden

Micah Gersten micahg at ubuntu.com
Tue Oct 16 14:42:28 UTC 2012

On 10/16/2012 06:13 AM, Iain Lane wrote:
> Hi,
> A lot of our packages are patched over upstream. Each of these comes
> with a maintenance cost and is also a source of bugs and frustration
> (quilt patches aren't the easiest things in the world to work with).
> I think we should systematically look at our patches and re-evaluate for
> each one
>   - Whether it is really (still) necessary — if not, drop
>   - If we can forward upstream if not already or if we can help
>     its upstream inclusion along
>   - Who is going to maintain the patch in the distro if it needs to be
>     kept as a local patch — desktop, PS, …
> It would be good if we could use something like DEP5 headers for all
> patches, including adding them to existing patches. It's sometimes
> really quite difficult to figure out what a particular patch is for,
> whether it is upstream and so on.
> Cheers,
I think you mean DEP3 [1].


[1] http://dep.debian.net/deps/dep3/

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