Is %autosetup another unwanted baby of Fedora?

Marcin Juszkiewicz mjuszkiewicz at
Mon Jul 13 12:39:57 UTC 2015


When I moved to Fedora after years of doing Debian packages I noticed 
that there is no such thing as patch management when it comes to Fedora 
packages. Everyone is using %patch macro with files of random patchlevel 
(some even use reverse patches).

%autosetup was created to handle that but probably less than 5% of 
packages use it. Why?

Is it because no one told that it exists? Or maybe because 
implementation has some issues which no one wants to fix? Or other (I 
exclude laziness of package maintainers)?

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