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It lets you store patches and other simple customization templates in debian/patches and otherwise does not require much reorganization of your source tree. To get the patches applied at build time you simply need to include a makefile snippet and then depend on the patch/unpatch target in the build or clean stage of debian/rules - or you can use the dpatch patching script directly.
It can easily apply patches only on specific architectures if needed.
History of `dpatch' =================== The history of dpatch dates back to the slink era, when around late October, 1998, the GCC maintainers (according to the changelog, Matthias Klose and Dan Jacobowitz) implemented its first version. It was quite complex, but the design remained the same throughout the years, only minor fixes were made. Then, somewhen during 2001 September, Gergely Nagy bor more»
This package uses dpatch to manage all modifications to the upstream source. Changes are stored in the source package as diffs in debian/patches and applied during the build. To get the fully patched source after unpacking the source package, cd to the root level of the source package and run: debian/rules patch Removing a patch is as simple as removing its entry from the debian/patches/00l more»
HOWTO use dpatch with a debian/-only VCS layout =============================================== This HOWTO has been primarily written for users of svn-buildpackage in mergeWithUpstream mode. In this case, normally only the debian/- directory and patches (normally in debian/patches/) are stored under VCS-control. This setup does not include the complete package source. However, dpatch already can more»
dpatch (2.0.33) unstable; urgency=low As of now, dpatch is deprecated, superseded by the 3.0 (qui more»
DH_DPATCH_PATCH(1) Debhelper DH_DPATCH_PATCH(1) NAME dh_dpatch_patch more»
DH_DPATCH_UNPATCH(1) Debhelper DH_DPATCH_UNPATCH(1) NAME dh_dpatch_unpatc more»
DPATCH-CONVERT_DIFFGZ(1) DPATCH-CONVERT_DIFFGZ(1) NAME dpatch-convert-d more»
DPATCH-EDIT-PATCH(1) dpatch users manual DPATCH-EDIT-PATCH(1) NAME dpatch-edit-patc more»