dbs-edit-patch(1) Edit a DBS patch


dbs-edit-patch [options] patch
dbs-edit-patch -h|--help


dbs-edit-patch is script to generate or modify patches for Debian source-packages in DBS format.


dbs is deprecated, please switch to the `3.0 (quilt)' Debian source package format instead. See http://wiki.debian.org/Projects/DebSrc3.0#FAQ for a short guide how to do it.


-h, --help
Show summary of options.
-t dir, --tmpdir=dir
Directory for the temporary files, default is /tmp or if set $TMP.
-s dir, --sourcedir=dir
Top level directory of the debian-package source-tree, default is the present working directory.
-P dir, --sourcepatchdir=dir
Directory containing upstream patches.
-T dir, --sourcetardir=dir
Directory containing the upstream tarball.
-p level, --strip=level
Striplevel -p of patch (Option -p of diff(1)), accepted values are 0 and 1, default is 0.


Sets the directory for the temporary files, can be overridden with -t dir.


dbs-edit-patch will automatically use variables defined in the optional debian/vars file.

When a file debian/vars.in exists and debian/vars either does not exist or is older than any of the following files: debian/vars.in, debian/changelog, debian/rules or debian/control, then dbs-edit-patch will try updating the vars file by running the following command

make -f debian/rules -W debian/vars.in debian/vars


Edit the 021_debian patch of Heimdal:

~/heimdal-0.3d> dbs-edit-patch -t/tmp 021_debian
Extracting source heimdal-0.3d.tar.gz ... successful.
Applying patch 001_replay ... successful.
Copying heimdal-0.3d to heimdal-0.3d-old ... successful.
Applying patch 021_debian ... successful.

Edit files under /tmp/021_debian/heimdal-0.3d as required, then put a short description into /tmp/021_debian/patch-description if desired, and finally execute /tmp/021_debian/dbs-update-patch to save the results.

Technical note: dbs-edit-patch extracts all patches before 021_debian into /tmp/021_debian/heimdal-0.3d, copies the result to /tmp/021_debian/heimdal-0.3d-old, and applies the last patch 021_debian (if it exists). Also, it creates a shell script which will create the diff between the old and new directories:

~/heimdal-0.3d> ls -la /tmp/021_debian
total 12
-rwxr-xr-x    1 bam      users         112 Jan 31 13:31 dbs-update-patch*
-rw-r--r--    1 bam      users           0 Jan 31 13:31 patch-description
drwxr-xr-x   14 bam      users        4096 Jan 31 13:31 heimdal-0.3d/
drwxr-xr-x   14 bam      users        4096 Jan 31 13:31 heimdal-0.3d-old/
drwxr-xr-x    5 bam      users        4096 Jan 31 13:31 .stampdir/
~/heimdal-0.3d> cat /tmp/021_debian/dbs-update-patch
#!/bin/sh -e
cd "/tmp/021_debian"
test -d "$HOOK_DIR" && run-parts "$HOOK_DIR" --arg update-patch-prediff
find -name "*.bak" -print0 | xargs -0 --no-run-if-empty rm
find -name "*~" -print0 | xargs -0 --no-run-if-empty rm
: > new_patch
test ! -e patch-description || cp patch-description new_patch
diff -ruN heimdal\-0.3d\-old heimdal\-0.3d >> new_patch || test $? -eq 1
mv new_patch  /usr/src/heimdal/debian/patches/021_debian
test -d "$HOOK_DIR" && run-parts "$HOOK_DIR" --arg update-patch-postdiff


DBS was written by Adam Heath, modified by Ben Collins, modified and packaged for Debian by Brian May. This manpage was generated by Andreas Metzler and modified by Robert Luberda.