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Re: [opensuse-packaging] patch names: maybe include patch numbers?

Hello,

On Jan 11 14:17 Jan Engelhardt wrote (excerpt):
On Sunday 2015-01-11 14:12, Bernhard Voelker wrote:

no, there are just a few, like
1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 16, 100, 111, 112, 113, 300, 301, 303,
400, 401, 416, 500, 501, 502, 503

Bernhard Voelker,
can you explain the reason behind why it would be good
to have the number of the patch in its name?

I use the same basic idea as you with separated number blocks
and I also have only a few small patches in my packages.

If a set of patches belongs to each other I would rather prefix
them with a meaningful word instead of a technical number like
fix-GUI-this.patch
fix-GUI-that.patch
enhance-documentation-foo.patch
enhance-documentation-bar.patch

Ideally if several patches belong to each other they should be
provided in on single patch file like
fix-GUI-this_and_that.patch
enhance-documentation-foo_and_bar.patch

But this are only my personal suggestions because I think:

With only a few small patches it is easy to work in any case.

Both "few" plus "small" is essential. (My first package that I
mercilessly cleaned up had basically only one single patch
that was a huge huddle of anything.)


Glad you don't have to work with the openSUSE systemd package.

Good grief!

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$ osc list openSUSE:Factory systemd | grep '\.patch$' | wc -l
533
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I think overcomplicated packages with tons of patches are
a nightmare to maintain and I think no volunteer would like
do this so that overcomplicated packages could be a main reason
why there are not more volunteers who contribute to openSUSE
which could be a main handicap for the whole openSUSE project.

Cf.
https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=735824#c36


Kind Regards
Johannes Meixner
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