edit-patch is a wrapper script around the Quilt, CDBS, and dpatch patch
systems. It simplifies the process of preparing and editing patches to
Debian source packages and allows the user to not have to be concerned
with which patch system is in use. Run from inside the root directory
of the source package, edit-patch can be used to edit existing patches
located in debian/patches.
It can also be used to incorporate new patches. If pointed at a patch
not already present, it will copy the patch to debian/patches in the
correct format for the patch system in use. Next, the patch is applied
and a subshell is opened in order to edit the patch. Typing exit or
pressing Ctrl-d will close the subshell and launch an editor to record
the debian/changelog entry.
edit-patch is integrated with the Bazaar and Git version control sys-
tems. The patch will be automatically added to the tree, and the
debian/changelog entry will be used as the commit message.
If no patch system is present, the patch is applied inline, and a copy
is stored in debian/patches-applied.
add-patch is the non-interactive version of edit-patch. The patch will
be incorporated but no editor or subshell will be spawned.
edit-patch was written by Daniel Holbach <daniel.holbach@canoni-
cal.com>, Michael Vogt <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and David Futcher
This manual page was written by Andrew Starr-Bochicchio
Both are released under the terms of the GNU General Public License,
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