Why I'm using Fedora
Posted May 6, 2004 10:01 UTC (Thu) by angdraug
In reply to: Why I'm using Fedora
Parent article: Revealed: how Fedora and the community interact
It appears to me that a dpkg can contain exactly one source tarball and exactly one patch. That means that if I want to package up something with multiple patches, I have to mash the patches all together.
It appears wrong, you have to take a closer look. It all depends on how you organize things inside that single patch, there are several script systems of varying complexity that help you to organize your patches, see for example source packages for xfree86 or mutt.
While we're at it, does rpm have something to replace debhelper and lintian?
And don't underestimate the advantage of storing source tarball and packaging patches in two separate files. When you have to keep old versions of your packages around for version control, speed of growths of repository with rpms quickly becomes prohibitive to the whole affair: we have this problem in our company and it is one of the main factors that makes us consider switching to Debian.
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