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Re: patch filenames

On 08/01/2008, at 9:58, Alan Barrett wrote:

On Mon, 07 Jan 2008, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:
Maybe I'm too quilt-biased, but think of quilt as a much more advanced
version of pkgvi and pkgdiff.

I rather like the idea of quilt, but if we intend to make quilt part of the standard way of developing pkgsrc, then I'd like to see quilt itself
made less dependent on GNUisms.  For example:

* it wants GNU sed, but could be converted to use BSD sed with the "-E"
 * it depends on GNU coreutils, but as far as I can see this is mostly
   because it uses "cp -a" instead of the standard "cp -RPp".
* it uses GNUism in a find command (I recently fixed that with a patch); * it claims to require a recent version of GNU patch, but I don't know
   whether it actually uses features that are not in NetBSD's patch;
 * It requires bash, but could be converted to use any POSIX shell

Indeed. That's the main (only?) complaint I have about quilt. I'd also be happy to see its GNU-dependencies trimmed down to zero, if possible. Don't know if I'll be able to look at this myself anytime soon, though.

Julio M. Merino Vidal <>

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