Bug#305857: [Build-common-hackers] Bug#305857: ability to use uu-encoded patches

Christopher Martin Christopher Martin <christopher.martin@utoronto.ca>, 305857@bugs.debian.org
Wed, 18 May 2005 08:17:44 -0400


Thanks for the response.

On May 18, 2005 06:27, you wrote:
> Thanks for the patch!  I have a pair of questions:
>   - Would it make sense to compress uuencoded patches?  If so, you missed
> the extension checks for *.uu.(gz|bz2)

Since the primary use of uu-encoding is to turn binaries into text to avoid 
choking dpkg-source, then I don't think it would be very useful to compress 
such patches - but of course, I can't foresee all possible uses.

>   - Do we also need this for dpatch.mk ?

To be honest, since I've never used dpatch in conjunction with CDBS, I 
hadn't thought of that. I have used dpatch in conjunction with "plain" 
debhelper, however. Since dpatch requires a header on each patch file, it 
doesn't seem to support uu-decoding itself, so that would have to be 
handled by CDBS itself. Whether you think if worthwhile to add this feature 
to CDBS's dpatch is up to you, I guess - I haven't thought of how it would 
be done.

Christopher Martin