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.