Re: YAPC North America talk on dh-make-perl vs. CPANPLUS
On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 10:21 AM, Guy Hulbert<email@example.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-10-06 at 09:16 -0400, Jonathan Yu wrote:
>> I suppose the
>> idea is that dh-make-perl is more for us pkg-perl people, and that
>> cpan2dist is more for other people who just want to install a package.
> This is quite a different emphasis:
> I treat cpan2dist as a way of making it easier on my sysadmin to manage
> Perl modules that I would otherwise just install with the CPAN shell --
> installing into /usr/local instead of /usr, for example -- and I don't
> try to match up with any of those historical edge cases.
> A sysadmin needs to be able to do things in /usr/local as he sees fit.
> However, upgrading a system package to a higher version might break
> things badly unless the new package has been tested with the system.
> Most sysadmins, I've worked with are well-aware of this problem and
> would be careful but in any case, if the sysadmin breaks something, it's
> his responsibility to fix it.
> It might be useful to review: CPANPLUS::Dist::Deb
> to see if it checks under /usr before installing things in /usr/local.
> I'll take a look at it but I'm not in a position yet to do much useful
> about it (still running etch, sarge, and woody).
>> I think the key take-away from this article is that we should work on
>> dh-make-perl (I can volunteer to spend very limited time hacking on
>> it) to get it to recursively package things, and to create a much
>> quicker & dirtier package when --pkg-perl is not specified.
> I understood there was an organized project to work on dh-make-perl and
> I don't think spending limited time hacking would be that useful.
Yeah, one issue I have seen is that the code is a bit hard to follow,
although dam has done a great job cleaning it up. It's a complicated
package that does a lot of different things, so complexity is
difficult to avoid