Patch systems in packages

Phillip Susi psusi at
Mon Aug 25 23:07:01 BST 2008

Scott Kitterman wrote:
>> Has debian policy changed in the last few years?
> No, but in Debian, policy follows practice.  It doesn't leadt it.  The 
> current flirtation with various DVCS seems to have pushed things in this 
> direction.  Unfortunately this leaves all the structure in the DVCS and not 
> in the package.

Yes, and that's the down side of using a DVCS, but at least the 
information that is missing from the source package is available 
_somewhere_ ( in the vcs ).  If you just modify the original sources 
directly without a patch system, then you don't have the information 
(detailed description of each patch, delineation between each patch ) 

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