dropping everything but the debian dir

Mike Hommey mh at glandium.org
Tue Jun 29 07:28:45 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 12:23:21AM -0400, Michael Gilbert wrote:
> hi,
> as you've probably just seen, i fixed a bunch of open security issues
> (triaged about 40, fixed 20, found the other 20 already fixed, and there
> are probably about 40 more issues i didn't get to). anyway, with the
> introduction of a patch system and since the upstream files are
> maintained in git, every commit is essentially duplicated now.  i think
> it would make things a lot easier and cleaner if the upstream files were
> dropped from the repo and just the debian dir maintained.  what do you
> think?

I think it makes it even more cumbersome to maintain without the
upstream source in the repository. What I do on some other packages is
to have the patches source in the repo, and refresh debian/patches
using a script before marking a release. In such scenarios, it's easier
to have all patches applied on a separate branch where you can just run
git format-patch. The branch is rebased on top of each new upstream and
then merged in master again. It makes the history harder to follow, but
makes the workflow somehow better imho.


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