Native vs. non-native packages
I maintain a number of my own Haskell libraries as Debian native
I do that because of convenience and because that is how I maintain
them: they are Debian native, because building them as Debian packages
is my development environment.
After some suggestions here recently, I decided to try maintaining
them as "regular" Debian packages. One branch (master) with the
upstream code, and the debian/ branch containing nothing but the
debian/ files as diffs atop master. The debian tar.gz file *is* the
upstream file that I post for others to use.
I found quickly this was seriously annoying. I'd go try to build a
Debian package, and the build would fail somewhere. Somewhere that
required a hack to a .cabal or .hs file. I'd have to remember to go
switch to master branch to commit it, then switch back to debian
branch, merge, and re-build. And if I forget to do that, more trouble
later, for everyone not on Debian.
My conclusion is that this is not a reasonable way to work. Does
someone else have a suggestion?