From the list of changes not to make to a package from Debian ...

Martin Pitt martin.pitt at
Tue Dec 9 22:53:56 GMT 2008

Hi Scott,

since I sponsored this, I take some responsibility for this.

Scott Kitterman [2008-12-09 17:45 -0500]:
>       - Build-depends on quilt.
> [...]
>   * Converted patch system from dpatch to quilt.
> Converting from one patch system to another is the kind of thing that should 
> be avoided.  We strive for a minimal difference from Debian.  

This actually was much less scary than a cursory glance of the
changelog might imply. The previous version in Debian/Ubuntu used
dpatch, and now Debian indicated moving to quilt by converting
debian/rules to it, however, they commented it out. So we just
followed suit and converted our remaining dpatch to quilt and
re-commented in the quilt inclusion in debian/rules.

I think this was a much saner thing to do than not using any patch
system at all now.


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