Martin Bähr wrote:
>>         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.

Besides, providing the patch series even in the Debian package makes it
easier to be adopted by someone else: it gives a "clean" start to
someone who already has his own workflow and/or doesn't like the
original maintainer's one. I find it quite unenviable to adopt a package
for which the source package is just one giant .diff.gz, because it
means either learning potentially elaborate tools to extract the
individual patches, or manual splitting... For this, the new source
format based on quilt seems just great.

-- 
Stéphane

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