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Re: dh_movefiles, tar vs. mv

Colin Watson <cjwatson@debian.org> wrote:

> My point is that half the reason why dh_install was introduced instead
> of dh_movefiles is to copy files, not move them, and it seems odd that
> now there's a thread asking how to get dh_install to move files. If you
> want to move files, don't use dh_install.

I never asked how to get dh_install to move files. I asked what the
reasons are why neither dh_install nor dh_movefiles use it.

And it seems to me that the summary of the answers is:

It is unwanted in most cases, in particular because of idempotency. But
in cases where idempotency is less important than other things - time
and disk space savings - there is no technical reason not to use it in
package building. Using hard links may be an alternative, but not
without major changes to the code.

I have not yet decided whether I'm going to prepare a patch for
dh_install, for an optional "--move" behavior, or just use it in a
handcrafted way in my packaging script.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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