Useful and some must-have options for quilt
If you use quilt to manage your patches, particularly in Debian
packages, you may be interested in reading this. If you just want to try
it, here’s my
QUILT_PATCH_OPTS="--unified-reject-files" QUILT_REFRESH_ARGS="-p ab --no-timestamps --no-index" QUILT_DIFF_ARGS="-p ab --no-timestamps --no-index --color=auto" QUILT_PATCHES="debian/patches" QUILT_COLORS="diff_hdr=1;32:diff_add=1;34:diff_rem=1;31:diff_hunk=1;33:diff_ctx=35:diff_cctx=33"
Of these, I would recommend everybody to use
--no-timestamps, both in
diff, but more importantly in
refresh. It omits timestamps in the
resulting diff, which helps when doing debdiff and else. And
which makes diff headers read
--- a/foo and
+++ b/foo instead of
using the directory name, which for debian packages always changes since
it contains the version. I find the other one,
useful, but that’s probably a matter of taste; it omits the SVN-like
--color=auto should probably also be there; it’s just like in
colors diff output if stdout is a terminal. If you don’t like the
default quilt colors, you may want to try the
above. Or just adjust it to your needs; figuring out the name of each
color item took a bit of digging, so you may find it useful even if you
don’t like my colors.
Finally, I’ve found that setting
useful to have quilt work even on a clean tree where there is no
patches symlink in the toplevel directory.
produces reject files in unified format, which I find more readable.
I hope somebody finds some of this useful.
Update (2007-09-06): Add bit about