another new package/debmake problems
I'm trying to create my first package.
I intend to debianize the program "sidplay" by Michael Schwendt
which is basically a music player for tunes originally played
on a Commodore 64. This is done by emulating the C64's sound
chip. The program is freely available under the GPL. Look at
Well, I'm running into a few problems which I hope to solve by
carefully reading the docs. Yeah, it's a lengthy process. A short
overview didn't help much, though. Wasn't there something like a
'programmers manual' for Debian packages?
There's no release date yet because I've not much time and need
to solve the problems first (of course :-)
The main problem is the interaction between the program (sidplay)
and a library (libsidplay). When I compile the program it expects
the library at a very distinct place. Is it ok to rewrite the Makefiles
(from scratch?) in order to reflect another source code arrangement?
One of the other problems I would consider as a bug in the latest debmake.
I want to build a single binary .deb and a library .deb. After calling
deb-make in the library source dir I get a line in debian/rules which
I don't understand at all. It tries to copy (by means of "install") several
header files which don't belong to sidplay itself: gdbm.h for example. Do I
need to install libgdbm-dev or is this really a bug?
When I remove the offending line, debian/rules binary builds my package without
Is it ok to use debmake? Recently there were some packages announced
on debian-changes which claimed not to be done with the use of debmake.
Wheres the culprit, if any?
Does the -dev package contain any binary libraries or was this another
problem of the sidplay source package? In fact, I ended up with the -dev
package (libsidplay-dev) containing all the libraries from libsidplay too.
Should a postinst-script test if the kernel is sound capable and output
a warning to the user if it's not? Actually it would be no problem to
examine cat /dev/sndstat.
Ok, that's it for this time. Any hints and/or comments for this package
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