"Ubuntu Packaging Guide"

Martin Pool mbp at canonical.com
Mon Jun 6 03:54:44 UTC 2011

On 4 June 2011 01:28, Mackenzie Morgan <macoafi at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 10:50 AM, Barry Warsaw <barry at ubuntu.com> wrote:
>> On Jun 03, 2011, at 10:07 AM, Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
>> >From what I understand, there are people doing things all sorts of ways with
>>>quilt, and I really don't want to have to learn all the ways people are using
>>>quilt with bzr and try to figure out *which* way any particular package is
>>>using that combination.  I'll stick to apt-get source for those.
>> I've successfully used the guidelines on this page for several quilt packages:
>> http://people.canonical.com/~dholbach/packaging-guide/html/udd-patchsys.html
>> By no means is it perfect, which everyone acknowledges.  Depending on your
>> level of pain tolerance, you don't necessarily have to punt on UDD right away
>> when working on a quilt3 package.
> What if you just want to do "quilt import ../mychanges.patch" (my
> usual use-case for quilt)?  Right now, I'm thinking the old cheater
> way (cp ../mychanges.patch debian/patches && echo "mychanges.patch" >>
> debian/patches/series) seems a lot easier.
> Also, the text between the code-boxes on that page are not so helpful
> if you don't know what a loom or a thread are. Well, I mean, I know
> what real looms and real threads are (and goodness are real looms ever
> *expensive*!), but I don't think my textile interests are much help
> here.  I'm guessing that a thread is a branch of a branch, but hiding
> inside the meta-branch like how git branches all live in one dir, but
> really this is my confusion talking.

Your guess is correct.  A loom also records (when you 'bzr record')
which version of each of the threads goes together at any point in
time, as a kind of meta-versioning.

There is some more documentation here:


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