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Re: Use of automake & friends vs. just running configure

On Tue, Sep 07, 2004 at 01:17:41AM +0200, Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona wrote:

 > So, any comment / recommendation? Better to use the whole toolchain,
 > or better to use upstream configure, when available?

 If you can avoid running auto*, please do.

 If you *have* to patch a Makefile or configure script, then by all
 means, do it.  But please please pretty please, remove the cruft that
 gets generated.  That means nuke configure, Makefile.in, Makefile and
 other stuff on clean.  That only makes the diff bigger and noisy and
 imposible to apply cleanly to newer upstream versions (which makes the
 work of the security team, NMUers and other people harder, which means
 they get pissed off at you, which means you get totally useless bug
 reports and NMUs).

 And specify *tight* Build-Dependencies.  People can't make up their
 minds about which dammed version of automake and autoconf is the

 Another possibility is to run automake and friends by hand and include
 all the cruft in the patch.  See comment about noisy patches above.

 Oh, yes, please include something like debian/README.Debian.build
 indicating any deviations from the normal expectations.


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