On Tue, Sep 30, 2008 at 02:27:34PM -0500, Manoj Srivastava wrote:
>         Not really. I prefer to have the source packages be unpackged
>  even on a machine which does not run Debian, using just plain old tar
>  and patch. Thus I tend to ship the  diff.gz as something that creates
>  the set of bytes the package build was done from, and which is
>  extracted easily without you having to have dpkg installed.
>         I see the source package as something useful perhaps even in a
>  non distro specific setting.

indeed, they are. but exactly for working outside of debian it would be
preferable to have the patches easely accessible seperately. i
occasionally try to pick patches from other distributions when packaging
for foresight because in the end we share most of the problems and
patches for it. 

to work with a debian package i currently have to pull out the patch
from the diff either by applying the diff to the source or by manually
editing the diff file.

from fedora i can just download the patch from fedoras cvs, in fact, if
i don't need to edit the patch, then i can just directly refer to the
cvs url in conary recipes, thus making it very obvious where the patch
comes from:

so, making patches easely accessible would be really helpful for the
exchange between distributions...

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