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


       edit-patch path/to/patch

       add-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 at 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 pressing Ctrl-d will close the subshell and  launch  an  editor  to
       record the debian/changelog entry.

       edit-patch  is integrated with the Bazaar and Git version control systems.  The patch will
       be automatically added to the tree, and the debian/changelog 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

       add-patch is the non-interactive version of edit-patch.  The patch  will  be  incorporated
       but no editor or subshell will be spawned.


       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.