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This package uses dpatch to manage all modifications to the upstream source. Changes are stored in the source package as diffs in debian/patches and applied during the build. To get the fully patched source after unpacking the source package, cd to the root level of the source package and run: debian/rules patch Removing a patch is as simple as removing its entry from the debian/patches/00list file, and please also remove the patch file itself. Creating a new patch is done with "dpatch-edit-patch patch XX_patchname" where you should replace XX with a new number and patchname with a descriptive shortname of the patch. You can then simply edit all the files your patch wants to edit, and then simply "exit 0" from the shell to actually create the patch file. To tweak an already existing patch, call "dpatch-edit-patch XX_patchname" and replace XX_patchname with the actual filename from debian/patches you want to use. To clean up afterwards again, "debian/rules unpatch" will do the work for you - or you can of course choose to call "fakeroot debian/rules clean" all together. --- this documentation is part of dpatch package, and may be used by packages using dpatch to comply with policy on README.source. This documentation is meant to be useful to users who are not proficient in dpatch in doing work with dpatch-based packages. Please send any improvements to the BTS of dpatch package. original text by Gerfried Fuchs, edited by Junichi Uekawa <email@example.com> 10 Aug 2008.