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Re: RFC: debhelper v2

On Mon, Apr 26, 1999 at 10:06:57PM -0700, Joey Hess wrote:
> I think I have a solution - starting with debhelper version 2, debhelper
> will continue to behave as it does now by default. If a special environement
> variable, DH_COMPAT, is set to 2 or above, it will change over to using the
> new, clean functionality. This will of course be accopmplished easily by
> setting the variable at the top of debian/rules.
The only thing I'd change is the order of which these happen.  Default
should be the new behavior... as long as we can do this w/o shutting down
the autobuilders.  If the old behavior is default, it'll be that much
harder to phase it out.

> * Standardize on the name used for the temporary build directory of a
>   package. Currently it's debian/tmp/ for the first package and 
>   debian/<package>/ for other packages of a multi-binary package. I'm
sounds good.

>     stupider - stop automatically finding manpages, require the user to tell
>                it what files are man pages and where they go. Much more
>                consistent with other debhelper programs.
Much prefered.  More control means easier handling of "unusual" cases.

> * Debhelper could be changed to look at only debian/<package>.<foo> instead 
>   of looking at debian/<foo> also as it does in some cases now. The advantage
>   is just a simpler UI, you don't have to be concerend about what's the first
>   binary package listed in the control file anymore. A disadvantage is longer
>   filenames. This could be combined with the subdirectory idea, giving us
>   debian/<package>/foo, but that seems a little silly if your package only
>   generates one binary package.
Makes the most sense... esp. if the build directory changes from debian/tmp
to debian/<package>

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