Lintian Reports

W package-uses-vendor-specific-patch-series

All reports of package-uses-vendor-specific-patch-series for the archive. The extended description of this tag is:

The specified series file is a vendor-specific patch series file.

This is feature of dpkg that can be used to apply a different series of quilt patches when the source package is unpacked on different systems. However, since Debian source packages are usually treated as a pure transport format this can cause confusion and frustration.

After Buster is released, the presence of a vendor-specific patch series will be a violation of a MUST directive in Debian policy.

Please migrate away from such series files and consider alternatives such differing source packages or modify the build process to behave conditionally or to conditionally patch files explicitly.

Refer to and for details.

Severity: normal, Certainty: certain

Check: patch-systems, Type: source

Evolution of the package-uses-vendor-specific-patch-series Lintian tag over the past 366 days:

The beforementioned graph for the package-uses-vendor-specific-patch-series tag

Emitted (non-overridden): 8, overridden: 0, total: 8

The package names link to the relevant maintainer page and the corresponding report for the source package. The links go to the full maintainer report page, which includes info and experimental tags and overridden tags, rather than the default page that shows only errors and warnings.

deluge 1.3.15-2 (source) (Cristian Greco <>)

fail2ban 0.10.2-2.1 (source) (Yaroslav Halchenko <>)

libfreenect 1:0.5.3-1 (source) (Nicolas Bourdaud <>)

libxfce4util 4.12.1-3 (source) (Debian Xfce Maintainers <>)

libxfce4util 4.13.2-1 (source) (Debian Xfce Maintainers <>)

liferea 1.12.6-1 (source) (David Michael Smith <>)

packagekit 1.1.12-1 (source) (Matthias Klumpp <>)

smuxi 1.0.7-5 (source) (Mirco Bauer <>)