[Kolab-devel] Debian packages, upstream source patching and quilt

Jeroen van Meeuwen (Kolab Systems) vanmeeuwen at kolabsys.com
Thu Nov 14 23:21:21 CET 2013

On 2013-11-14 23:27, Paul Boddie wrote:
> Hello,
> I finally managed to get pbuilder to build the Development packages for 
> Debian
> Wheezy using various tricks with hooks and a build dependencies 
> directory that
> I will write up in a blog post that should then appear on Planet Kolab. 
> (This
> can save a lot of time: pbuilder isn't quick itself, but OBS can take 
> up to 9
> minutes on my system to just set up the build environment for a single
> package.)
> (...)

Please note that we do have -- and did have before -- *a lot* of 
experience in setting up some genuine Debian/APT build systems. Perhaps 
we should compare notes, as we do have some /etc/pbuilderrc.d/ hooks for 
use with cowbuilder (which will get you that chroot you were looking 

That said, indeed should patches be in format 3.0 (quilt), but here be 
dragons. OBS-originated dragons, to be precise. Since I said "OBS", I 
feel I need not go in to any further detail. Suffice it to say we 
deliberately set everything to format 1.0, and therefore void the use of 
debian/patches/ (uch! and yuk!).

Kind regards,

Jeroen van Meeuwen

Systems Architect, Kolab Systems AG

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