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Re: Proposal: dh_install - a new debhelper

On Wed, 24 Feb 1999, Norbert Nemec wrote:
> Problem: I am right at packaging the Sather-compiler which comes in a package
> without any installation procedure like "make install", because it is supposed
> to be kept all in the original tree. For me, that means I have to "cp" or
> "install" all the files to the right places in debian/rules, which is very
> confusing, since the combination of the make-file format, the little embedded
> sh-scripts and the programs "cp" and "install" do not harmonize very elegant.

Ick.  What a horrid design.

> My idea: Why not have one additional debhelper "dh_install" that reads a file
> debian/install (or debian/<package>.install if multibinary) that contain all
> the information needed to copy files from the source-tree into the debian/tmp
> tree in a comfortable, debian-style manner? Of would provide everything install
> or cp do, like pattern matching, recursive directories, file modes/owners, on
> the fly gzipping and much more.

How close does dh_movefiles come to what you need?  Could you make
modifications to this, rather than a new tool?


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