Is %autosetup another unwanted baby of Fedora?

Igor Gnatenko i.gnatenko.brain at
Mon Jul 13 12:41:49 UTC 2015

I think it's because no one told that it exists ;)

On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 3:39 PM, Marcin Juszkiewicz
<mjuszkiewicz at> wrote:
> Hi
> 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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