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Two magic words: “merged upstream”

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The lives of distributions packagers are full of words that make them cringe – backport, regression, hotfix, custom patch, … – but there are two that can make your day truly shine: merged upstream.

When you’re maintaining a package for any kind of software, you have to mediate between the original upstream intentions and requests, and the distribution policy; in Gentoo, that policy includes respecting the user-chosen flags, especially since some of those are mandated by us and are needed to make sure that the software installed on the users’ systems is actually working as intended, but that’s just one of a long list of things you have to care about.

Most of the time, because of this, you have to end up patching the software itself:

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