Debian contemplates patch management
Posted May 21, 2008 10:30 UTC (Wed) by angdraug
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What you can do is apply the Debian diff.gz, include it upstream and improve it.
Making your own deb packages is certainly an option, but including debian/ directory in your source will cause pain to Debian maintainers, as well as maintainers of other Debian-based distros. It's one thing to apply a diff.gz that adds debian/ directory where it doesn't exist, and quite another to re-merge your patch to upstream's debian/ directory for every upstream release. If you want to go down that route, keep your debian/ directory somewhere separate.
Also, as stated above, the ideal solution if you're not happy with the way your software is packaged for Debian is to propose to take it over. As long as you are willing and able to comply with Debian policies, most DDs will be happy to hand it over: we don't want to own the package, we only want the software to be part of Debian and play nice with other packages.
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