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Re: dh_make's "rules" file

On Mon, Jul 09, 2001 at 02:02:41PM +0100, Nick Phillips wrote:
> Could anyone possibly explain the purpose of the build_stamp target
> in the debian/rules file that dh_make creates? The NMG states that
> all the targets in there are required, whilst the policy disagrees,
> so presumably it's just "a good idea" rather than required.
> Any explanations?

Someone started doing this in a situation where it was much more
convenient than using real targets.  Then other people decided that
it was easier to copy examples than to read the make documentation.

In the case of dh_make, it is clearly a case where the mere
generality of it precludes using real targets.

If you're not bound to these tools to do your work, it is imho more
elegant to use eg. the package's main binary for a target than a 
contrived "stamp_build" file.



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