Patch systems in packages

Lars Wirzenius lars at
Tue Aug 19 21:41:56 BST 2008

ti, 2008-08-19 kello 16:34 -0400, Phillip Susi kirjoitti:
> I have to disagree.  If you are applying patches you must use a patch 
> system to comply with the debian packaging guidelines ( otherwise you 
> modify the .orig.tar.gz and you shouldn't be doing that ).

That's not actually correct. The Debian packaging tools don't require
you to modify .orig.tar.gz if you're not using a patch system: instead,
any changes you make outside debian/ end up in .diff.gz, just like the
changes you make inside debian/.

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