[Debian-med-packaging] Bug#485330: Bug#485330: emboss: FTBFS when converted to new source format 3.0 (quilt): non-unidiff patch

Charles Plessy plessy at debian.org
Fri Aug 7 01:27:18 UTC 2009

reassign 485330 dpkg-dev
severity 485330 minor

Le Mon, Jun 09, 2008 at 12:01:02AM +0200, Raphael Hertzog a écrit :
> In the case of emboss, the patch
> emboss-5.0.0/debian/patches/patch-1-9 is not in unified diff format.
> Please convert it. quilt refresh can do this for you.

Salut Raphaël,

the patch that makes emboss incompatible with the format 3.0 (quilt) is in
context format, which is very close to unified format and is accepted by a very
broad range of software, including dpkg-dev once the routine that discards
non-unified patches is desactivated. On the discussion that took place on the
debian-devel mailing list, Russ Albery and Pierre Habouzit supported my opinion
that there is no reason for dpkg-dev to reject patches in context format. 


I therefore reassign the bug to dpkg-dev and hope that you will disable the
format checks and leave the decision of which format to use to the maintainers
or the Policy.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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