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Langue: en

Version: 330743 (ubuntu - 24/10/10)

Section: 1 (Commandes utilisateur)


edit-patch - tool for preparing patches for Debian source packages


edit-patch <path to patch>


edit-patch is a wrapper script around the quilt, cdbs, and dpatch patch systems. It simplifies the process of preparing and editing patches to Debian source packages and allows the user to not have to be concerned with which patch system is in use. Run from inside the root directory of the source package, edit-patch can be used to edit existing patches located in /debian/patches.

It can also be used to incorporate new patches. If pointed a patch not already present, it will copy the patch to /debian/patches in the correct format for the patch system in use. Next, the patch is applied and a subshell is opened in order to edit the patch. Typing "exit" or hitting Ctrl-d will close the subshell and launch an an editor to record the debian/changelong entry.

edit-patch is integrated with the bzr and git version control systems. The patch will be automatically added to the tree, and the debian/changelong entry will be used as the commit message.

If no patch system is present, the patch is applied inline, and a copy is stored in debian/patches-applied.


edit-patch was written by Daniel Holbach <>, Michael Vogt <>, and David Futcher <>.

This manual page was written by Andrew Starr-Bochicchio <>.

Both are released under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 3.

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