mc patch system

Chow Loong Jin hyperair at
Mon Apr 13 21:53:33 BST 2009

On Mon, 2009-04-13 at 13:16 -0700, Brian Murray wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 09:59:54PM +0200, Emilio Pozuelo Monfort wrote:
> > Brian Murray wrote:
> > > I've recently been looking at bugs with patches and ran across
> > > which seemed easy enough to incorporate
> > > and a worthwhile fix for Jaunty.  However, I ran into a problem trying
> > > to get the existing patches in mc to apply and adding that particular
> > > patch.  Is anyone familiar with how the patch system in mc works?
> > 
> > I haven't looked at it, but it build-depends on quilt so I guess it uses it.
> > Here's a small howto:
> > 
> >
> Maybe I should have elaborated a bit more.  While it uses quilt
> executing 'quilt push -a' fails with the message 'No patches in series'.
> Additionally, the structure of the debian/patches directory seemed a bit
> odd to me:
> all.series        bugs    mc.ext  README  utf8
> autgen-run.patch  debian  po      syntax  vfs
I've just read through the debian/rules file, and found this rule:
apply-patches: pre-build debian/stamp-patched
debian/stamp-patched: $(DEB_PATCHES)
debian/stamp-patched reverse-patches:
        @echo "patches: $(DEB_PATCHES)"
        @set -e ; \
          if [ ! "$@" = "reverse-patches" ]; then \
            ln -s debian/patches/all.series series;\
                ln -s debian/patches/ patches; \
                $(QUILT) --quiltrc /dev/null push -a; \
          else \
                $(QUILT) --quiltrc /dev/null  pop -a || true \
                rm -f series patches; \
                rm -rf .pc; \
          fi; \
        if [ "$@" = "debian/stamp-patched" ]; then touch debian/stamp-patched; fi

Specifically, what you want to look at is that it links
debian/patches/all.series to ./series, and debian/patches to ./patches.
Hence you can't use the usual export QUILT_PATCHES=debian/patches way. 

You'll have to set QUILT_PATCHES=patches, and make the appropriate
ln -s debian/patches patches
ln -s debian/patches/all.series ./series
export QUILT_PATCHES=patches

Then just use quilt as usual. When you're done:
quilt pop -a
rm -rf patches series .pc

P.S, That's one hell of a convoluted rules file, and I'm glad I'm not
the maintainer of the package. Colin's build system... looks like half
of CDBS crammed into one debian/rules file.
Chow Loong Jin
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