Files added to a package? Patches or files in debian/?

Morten Kjeldgaard mok at
Tue Aug 21 19:23:01 BST 2007

Is there a consensus on what to do when you are adding files to a package? I 
am thinking for example on a situation where I am authoring a complete 
autotools system to a software package, and upstream is, say, dead or 
unresponsive ;-) 

Of course, I can add these as patches against /dev/null, but that honestly 
seems a bit awkward.

An alternative is to put the files in debian/ and let debian/rules move them 
to their proper place in the directory tree. 

What say you, oh MOTUs?

Morten aka mok0

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