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I would like to make a few changes to the fdupes code. I know I can grab the source code from the website - but is there a better way on Ubuntu / Debian?

  • After getting the source this way where is it stored?

  • If one wanted to make changes to the code and recompile / install - how is that done?

  • Is there a good way to mange changes when updates come out?

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Hiding version numbers from users will not improve security (but may decrease yours if it causes users to hunt you down because they want to punish you for the inconvenience). – Gilles Jun 5 '13 at 23:14
...especially with security-sensitive software like OpenSSL. – schaiba Jun 5 '13 at 23:26
If you have to ask this question, it is a near certainty that any changes you make to SSL will break its security. Look for another way to accomplish what your goal is. – msw Jun 6 '13 at 0:43
You don't change the question because you don't like the answers. Open a new question if you are truly interested in fdupes. Otherwise, you make the answers nonsensical. – msw Jun 6 '13 at 17:13
@msw - focus on the question and not the motivation. it is a legitimate question - regardless of the reason it is being asked. I edited the question to make the focus more clear. it is also my question so stop editing it. – cwd Jun 6 '13 at 17:27
up vote 2 down vote accepted

There sure is:

apt-get source fdupes

Have a look here

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