Debian (and RedHat) source package format (was Re: Qt and other)
Joseph Carter <email@example.com> wrote:
> Redhat's source packages have advantages over Debian's? What the HELL
> have you been smoking?
It's true. Debian doesn't indicate what you need to have installed to
properly compile the source package. Red Hat's does.
Debian's format does have a number of other advantages over Red Hat's,
and you did do a pretty good job of listing them. In fact, it wouldn't
be hard to add source dependencies.
Just add Source-Depends: and Source-Conflicts: to the .dsc file, and write
a simple tool to take advantage of this. Perhaps even a wrapper which
will download and install [or de-install] everything as part of building
the package. [Might want to have a log indicating such configuration
changes, for later analysis and so that your system could automatically
be restored to its original state.]
A tool is necessary, because that makes it easy to file reasonable