also sprach Teemu Ikonen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> [2008.09.30.2329 +0200]:
> At the moment, yes, but the new dpkg with version 3.0 quilt format
> builds the source package from sources with the patches applied.
> This enables one to store the integrated sources in VCS, generate
> debian/patches from branches (e.g. with topgit) and build
> a debian.tar.gz with simply calling dpkg-source, providing that an
> orig.tar.gz is also available.

Assuming we have a number of feature branches, we may well have to
resolve conflicts among them, so an integration branch seems like
the right way forward. So unless we just build the package from the
integration branch to produce a monolithic patch, your algorithm is
something to focus on! I am still not convinced that it is possible
to extract historic patches from the ancestry of a tag on the
integration branch, but I'd love to be proven wrong! Unfortunately,
I won't be able to look into this again before next week.

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