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Re: deb-make


On 19 Feb 1997, Rob Browning wrote:

> Ian Jackson <ian@chiark.greenend.org.uk> writes:
> > Packages using debmake have a `hidden interface' to debstd.  debstd's
> > interface keeps changing.
> > 
> > I think that having a special tool like debstd determine what to do at
> > run-time is a bad thing; it leads to unpredictability and fragility.
> While I see your point, I have to say that I think letting debmake
> track things like the current policy on the compression of web pages
> is simpler than having every maintainer change every rules file every
> time the project changes its mind.  Once things like this are changed
> in deb-make, then the changes can be propagated through all the
> package with a simple re-running of the "rules" for each package.

I would keep it for the last optional target (get-orig-source) or for a 
new one. This would take the original source with, may be, a standard 
template and build a all new source packages. IMHO, rules file should be 

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