Subject: Names of the patch files
To: None <>
From: Roland Illig <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 04/19/2006 11:33:31

I'd like to ease the restrictions on the names of the patch files in the 
patches/ directory. Currently, only the characters [A-Za-z0-9] are 
allowed after the "patch-". Further, the convention has been established 
to name the first patch "patch-aa", followed by "patch-ab", and so on.

I haven't found documentation on why the names are so restricted. When 
looking for a patch for a particular file, I have to look at every patch 
file to find it. To avoid that, I suggest that the patch file be named 
after the file that is patched, for example "patch-configure", 

For this, the set of allowed characters should be extended to 
[-A-Za-z0-9_]. This would not allow the name "patch-foo.c", but that one 
could be transformed to "patch-foo_c" (to avoid having patch files with 
common filename extensions).