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Re: Bug#88029: Package which uses jam (instead make)

On 19-Oct-03, 13:03 (CDT), Josip Rodin <joy@srce.hr> wrote: 
> On Sun, Oct 19, 2003 at 11:50:41AM -0500, Steve Greenland wrote:
> > > But it's a historic injustice,
> > 
> > Help! Help! I'm being repressed! 
> > The Man is keeping me down!
> > Up with perl, down with make!
> > Power to the people!
> We share an enthusiasm for overloaded phrases, I see :)
> but a small verbal blunder doesn't invalidate the issue at hand.

No, it doesn't, but it doesn't validate it either. I've yet to see a
technical argument for allowing debian/rules to be a non-makefile. If you 
really want to write the script in a different format, it's trivial
to meet the letter of Policy:

#!/usr/bin/make -f

% :
	debian/my_rules.py $@

That I've never seen such done (in my admittedly limited and random
selection of packages to build by hand at various times) suggests that
there's not much practical demand. Whenever it's come up, it seems to be
someone trying to prove a point, rather than a technical need.

Perhaps those who think alternative debian/rules should be allowed
should implement the above, and see what breaks and what complaints it

Steve Greenland
    The irony is that Bill Gates claims to be making a stable operating
    system and Linus Torvalds claims to be trying to take over the
    world.       -- seen on the net

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