Integrating cdd-dev with dh-make
I'm going on with my analysis of the cdd source package.
As I'm going to migrate the demudi-tasks source package  to the new
templates provided by cdd-dev, I think I'm a perfect case of study ;-)
I think that rather then barely providing an example directory for
meta-package creation (the one /usr/share/doc/cdd-dev/examples), it
would be useful to have a script which takes care of transparently
instantiating such templates.
I think that dh_make is perfect for this, and that the example of the
kernel module packages can be considered the way to go.
Quoting from dh_make man page:
Single binary (s)
Multiple binary (m)
Kernel module (k)
The package will generate a binary-all kernel module
-source package for use with the make-kpkg command. It
also generates a binary package for additional
utilities, daemons, etc. that may come with the source.
Have a look to /usr/share/debhelper/dh_make to see the templates
So why do not add a CDD category? E.g:
The package will generate a set of task packages, which
are packages which do not install any file, but simply
depends on other packages. Such packages will be named
<packagename>-<task>, and will be generated according to
the definition files found in the tasks/ sub-directory.
[Add further details about menus, -common package, etc.]
So that a simple
would create a basic skeleton cdd source package.
In order to do that we should simple ask to the dh_make maintainer to add a
template directory, and a --cdd command line flag.
Or if do not want to involve him we can just move the cdd templates of
the cdd-dev packages from
and then call
dh_make --templates /usr/share/debhelper/dh_make/debianc
Furthermore I'd add the following scripts to the cdd-dev package,
which are sort of debhelper tools, similar in concept to those found
in the dh-make, dh-kpatches and dpsycho-* packages.
cdd-addtask - add a task file
Creates a new file in the tasks/ sub-directory of a CDD source package.
Please fill the boiler-plate description field.
So that issuing a cdd-addtask task1 from the command line, simply
generates a tasks/task1 file, containing:
Description: Debian-_CDD_ task1 packages
This meta package will install Debian packages for use in
task1 of Debian-_CDD_.
It might seem a stupid but thing now, this way we if we want to add
features and tags to the task files, we have a better framework.
For example we may want to add a "Menu:" field, containing the title
of the menu branch under which all the packages of the task should be
showed. So that the tasks/dsp file of the demudi source package would
add "Menu: Digital Signal Processing", and have all the relevant menu
files under the menus/ directory change accordingly somehow (I have
still to thing about this, it's just an hypotesis).
cdd-addpackage - add a package to a task file
cdd-addpackage [--menu] --task <TASK> <PKG>
Creates a new Depends entry in the tasks/<TASK> file of a CDD
source package, making the task package depend on <PKG>. If
such entry already exists exits with error.
if a menu file for <PKG> exists in /usr/lib/menu, than copy it
in the menu/ directory [possibly replacing the section= field
according to the Menu: tag of the task file...]
Well... I think it's enough for now ;-)
Anyhow I'd like to underline that these are only rough ideas. The main
goal IMHO would be to have a more structured way for creating and
modifying a cdd source package. For example this would make it simpler
to automatically build a draft cdd source package from list of
packages, or similar things.