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Re: Debian patches

From: Mark D. Baushke
Subject: Re: Debian patches
Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 02:28:16 -0700

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Steve McIntyre <steve@einval.com> writes:

> I've been a little remiss with the patches we apply for the Debian
> packaging and I've forgotten to send some of them on. Some may not be
> to everybody's taste, but some are obviously correct and
> useful. Here's the first batch. All should apply against 1.12.7. I
> tried posting these to bug-cvs on Sunday evening, but they never
> appeared. Neither did the other mails I sent to bug-cvs that night. In
> case attaching the patches caused the problem on the list, here are
> links to the patches online.
> #1: cvs.1 doesn't mention annotate
> ==================================
> http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/debian/cvs/patches/01_man_annotate.patch
> Obvious...

I believe that Derek has moved to autogeneration of cvs.1, but I have
not yet looked closely enough at the new technique to determine how to
implement your current patch on the new doc/cvs.1 file rhat replaces the
man/cvs.1 file.

> #2: cvs.texinfo cleanup
> =======================
> http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/debian/cvs/patches/02_info_docs.patch
> Minor fixes to cvs.texinfo.

This one looks okay. I will commit this change after I get some sleep
unless someone else beats me to it.

> #3: allow :ext=<foo>
> ====================
> http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/debian/cvs/patches/03_ext_expansion.patch
> Simple patch. Rather than have to set CVS_RSH in the environment,
> allow the CVSROOT to specify the ext method also.

This is being handled in many different and mutually exclusive ways.
I suspect we are more likely to go to a :ext;command=foo: direction
of the CvsNT folks with a format like:


For example,


see the method options processing in the root.c::parse_cvsroot()
function in top-of-tree cvs.cvshome.org for an example of what is

> #4: Newlines in checkin template
> ================================
> http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/debian/cvs/patches/04_newlines_in_commit_template.patch
> Clean up newline-handling slightly when editing commit messages.

I seem to recall getting shot down when I tried to add these newlines
back into cvs a while ago. The thought was that you could put what you
wanted into the rcsinfo template you are using...

> #5: Alphanumerics in keywords
> =============================
> http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/debian/cvs/patches/05_keyword_alphanumerics.patch
> It's useful to have alphanumerics rather than just alphabetics in
> custom keywords (consider XFree86)...

I have no strong feelings about this patch, it seems reasonable, but
what do other folks think of it?

> #6: Extra *info substitutions
> =============================
> http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/debian/cvs/patches/06_extra_info_subs.patch
> This is old stuff which is superseded by the *info changes in 1.12.6
> onwards, but these are currently used. I've updated so they should
> work with 1.12.7:
> %S for filename enclosed in quotes - essential if you're going to try
>    and parse filenames with spaces in using old-format info
> %T for tag
> The %S is needed for the CVS-bugzilla integration stuff I've
> documented at http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/cvs-bugzilla/

This change needs documentation and sanity.sh test cases before it
can be adopted.

> #7: More PAM work
> =================
> http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/debian/cvs/patches/07_PAM_changes.patch
> Updates for PAM:
> Add PamAuth and DefaultPamUser keywords to control PAM auth
> PamAuth and SystemAuth can then be used for fine-grained control over
> authentication.

Hmmm... I have no opinion on this one other than that I am not a fan of
having cvs support PAM in the first place...

> #8: Cope with leading whitespace in ~/.cvsrc
> ============================================
> http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/debian/cvs/patches/08_cvsrc_whitespace.patch
> Obvious and useful, I'd hope...

Hmmm... test cases for sanity.sh are be greatly desired for even this
kind of simple change.

> #9: -l still causing problems
> =============================
> http://www.einval.com/~steve/software/debian/cvs/patches/09_noop_-l.patch
> -l was re-added on the server, but can still cause client end
> problems. I've re-added it for the client too; it's simply a no-op at
> the moment.

Yeah, I am not sure what to really do about the -l switch these days.

        -- Mark
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