Improved quilt patch handling

Jelmer Vernooij jelmer at
Thu Jan 19 00:30:46 UTC 2012

bzr-builddeb 2.8.1 has just landed on Debian Sid and Ubuntu Precise. 
This version contains some of my improvements from late last year for 
the handling of quilt patches in packaging branches. Most of these 
improvements depend on bzr 2.5 beta 5, which is also in Sid/Precise.

The most relevant changes (enabled by default) are:

  * 'bzr merge-package' is now integrated into 'bzr merge' (it's just a 
hook that fires on merges involving packages)
  * patches are automatically unapplied in relevant trees before merges
  * before a commit, bzr will warn if you have some applied and some 
unapplied quilt patches

Furthermore, you can now specify whether you would like bzr to 
automatically apply all patches for stored data and whether you would 
like to automatically have them applied in your working tree by setting 
'quilt-tree-policy' and 'quilt-commit-policy' to either 'applied' or 
'unapplied'.  This means that you can have the patches unapplied in the 
repository, but automatically have them applied upon checkout or update. 
Setting these configuration options to an empty string causes bzr to not 
touch your patches during commits, checkout or update.

We've done some testing of it, as well as running through a package 
merge involving patches with Barry, but none of us do package merges 
regularly. If you do run into issues or if you think there are ways we 
can improve the quilt handling further, please follow up to this email 
or file a bug report against the UDD project 


  * If there are patches to unapply for the OTHER tree, bzr will 
currently create a separate checkout and unapply the patches there. This 
may have performance consequences for big packages. The best way to 
prevent this is to set 'quilt-commit-policy = unapplied'.
  * 'bzr merge' will now fail if you are merging in a packaging tree 
that is lacking pristine tar metadata; I'm submitting a fix for this, 
but it's not in 2.8.1.
  * if you set 'quilt-commit-policy' and 'quilt-tree-policy' but have 
them set to a different value, bzr will consider the tree to have changes.

To disable the automatic unapplying of patches and fall back to the 
previous behaviour, set the following in your builddeb configuration:

'quilt-smart-merge = False'



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