“3.0 (quilt)” is the most widely used Debian source package format

My goal with the “3.0 (quilt)” source format has always been to standardize the patch management in Debian source packages. This message seems to have been well understood. dbs and dpatch have been deprecated by their respective maintainers.

I made numerous efforts to make this source format useful in as many use cases as possible (but some improvements are still possible) and I have added hints to encourage maintainers to switch. Thanks to this, the adoption rate of this new source format has been very good and it’s now the most widely used source package format in Debian—only two years after its introduction in Debian unstable.

With 9829 source package using “3.0 (quilt)”, it surpassed the number of source package still using “1.0” (7368). (Those numbers have been taken from http://upsilon.cc/~zack/stuff/dpkg-v3/ on december 13th 2011.) The number of source packages using “3.0 (quilt)” doubled this year.

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Of the 7368 packages using the old format, 6816 packages trigger the missing-debian-source-format lintian tag. This means that only 552 source packages have explicitly opted to keep using the old format and that the bulk of the remaining packages are rarely updated packages that have not been switched yet.


  1. Thijs says

    What do you reckon is the status of the 3.0 (git) format? It isn’t yet accepted in the Debian archive, do you think it ever will be? And will it remain developed/supported in dpkg regardless?

    • says

      I honestly don’t believe that it will be accepted in the Debian. But yes I have no problem supporting it within dpkg for the benefit of others…

      I rather believe in the central git archive where we will be able to upload our changes with git push and generate a release with a git tag (or something along those lines).

      • Thijs says

        Thanks. We’re using 3.0 (git) for a local package now, but the fact that the archive didn’t support it made me just wondering if it will stick around. Only just started on this, but for now it does seem to do exactly what we want.