Re: RFC: debhelper v2
>>>>> "Joey" == Joey Hess <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Joey> I think I have a solution - starting with debhelper version
Joey> 2, debhelper will continue to behave as it does now by
Joey> default. If a special environement variable, DH_COMPAT, is
Joey> set to 2 or above, it will change over to using the new,
Joey> clean functionality. This will of course be accopmplished
Joey> easily by setting the variable at the top of debian/rules.
This is an excellent, excellent solution.
Joey> So what remains is figuring out what to change. I'm looking
Joey> for feedback on this, so if some aspect of debhelpor has
Joey> bothered you but couldn't be changed without breaking
Joey> backwards compatability, now's the time to bring it to my
Joey> attention. Here's some things I could change:
Joey> * Standardize on the name used for the temporary build
Joey> directory of a package. Currently it's debian/tmp/ for the
Joey> first package and debian/<package>/ for other packages of a
Joey> multi-binary package. I'm considering debian/<package>/ for
Joey> all packages, or perhaps debian/tmp/<package>/ or perhaps
Joey> debian/<package>-tmp/ . Of course making this change means a
Joey> certain amount of changes will be needed to make any package
Joey> work with v2.
Please, please do this. debian/tmp for the first package but not
any other is a big pain in the butt.
Joey> * I've observed that large multi-binary packages end up with
Joey> an unruly debian/ directory with all the <package>.* files
Joey> in it. It may make sense to make debhelper use
Joey> debian/<package>/* instead. Of course this requires that
Joey> directory is no longer used as the temporary build
Perhaps we could use debian/build/package/ for the build directories.
This seems a bit cleaner to me, as it makes removing all the package
temp directories a matter of rm -rf debian/build/ instead of guessing
which dirs to remove in debian/ .
A few feature requests.. it would be nice to be able to tell
dh_shlibdeps to set LD_LIBRARY_PATH to a directory, for use in
multi-binary packages that make binaries that depend on a library
contained in a different package that has been built. Currently
LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$(shell pwd)/debian/tmp/usr/lib dh_shlibdeps -pgimp
but it might be nicer to say
dh_shlibdeps -pgimp -ldebian/tmp/usr/lib
or some such.
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