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Re: [Quilt-dev] [patch] verbose error message when the serie file does n

From: Martin Quinson
Subject: Re: [Quilt-dev] [patch] verbose error message when the serie file does not exist
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2020 18:44:18 +0100

Hello Jean,

On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 12:40:36PM +0100, Jean Delvare wrote:
> On Tue, 2020-03-24 at 11:08 +0100, Jean Delvare wrote:
> > I just pushed a new test case to cover this situation, so we won't
> > introduce that kind of regression.
> By the way, this test case revealed a few inconsistencies. While most
> commands properly report "No series file found" if you are not in a
> quilt-managed tree, 3 commands diverge from this behavior:
> * "quilt pop" reports "No patch removed" instead, which while not
> incorrect, is not consistent.
> * "quilt series" report nothing. That's what Martin's patch aimed at
> fixing. I wonder it should report "No series file found" even when not
> in verbose mode? That would seem more consistent.
> * "quilt snapshot" creates a .pc/ subdirectory and an empty .snap/
> directory there. Again while not fundamentally wrong, it doesn't seem
> particularly useful in the absence of a series file.
> I'll look into fixing "pop" and "snapshot" to behave the same as all
> other commands.

Thanks for your investigation, Jean. quilt is lucky to have you: you
are doing a great job here. And I manage to mess even simple patches :)

IMHO, the only thing that is important to fix the former Debian bug is
that something is reported when using 'quilt series' out of a
quilt-managed tree. Reporting "No series file found" even when not in
verbose mode would be really perfect. I guess that whoever did that
patch back in 2014 wanted to reduce the divergence with upstream code,
thus reducing the visibility of the fix to verbose situations.

Thanks again,

Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts.    -- Churchill (?)

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