Re: debstd-like tool for those who don't want to use debmake
A long time ago, I had started working ona debmake replacement
effort, and even reached a kind of consensus on this group on the
requirements for such a tool. I then started working on it, but my
effort has been stagnant for nearly six months now. I apologize for
dropping the ball. (I can still post the requirtements document,
since some of it may still be salvageagle).
I am bringing it up since my effort was a combination of the
two methods proposed here, and I think that with deb-helps I can
rapidly bring it to the experimental phase.
The tools uses a bunch of scripts that do what the deb-helper
scripts do: break up the monolithic debstd scripts. However, instead
of being run at package build time (which creates probems for
different versions on different machines), the scripts create small
Make file snippets that can be included in the rules file with
include directives; so effectively they are like an auto-rules
Step 1: Run debmk.
It looks at the package like debmake, and creates
Creates a ./debian/rules template.
step 2: Edit files as needed
Look at the files in ./debian/makesnippets/. Say you find
that some are not quite right, so you *First copy them*
cp debian/makesnippets/Man.dist debian/makesnippets/Man
You already have a template to work from; you make your
changes. Edit ./debian/rules template, leaving the include
step 3: running make -f debian/rules.
The include directives include debian/makesnippets/Man file,
if it exists, or uses the default debian/makesnippets/Man.dist
step N: updating the snippets.
Firstly, this is doe by the developer when they wish, and when
they are ready to upgrade, not accidentally because the target
machine has a different version of debmk.
Secondly, no user changes are lost, since debmk-upgrade does
not *ever* write debian/makesnippets/Man, it would only update
the default debian/makesnippets/Man.dist.
If people are still interested, I could either polish my
efforts with the help of deb-helper, or put it somewhere for others
to develop it further.
The decision doesn't have to be logical, it is unanimous.
Manoj Srivastava <url:mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mobile, Alabama USA <url:http://www.datasync.com/%7Esrivasta/>
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