Re: automake/autoconf in build-dependencies
On Mon, 14 Mar 2005, Kurt B. Kaiser wrote:
> Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <email@example.com> writes:
> >> When I include the configure script in my source packages, I can feel
> >> pretty confident that they package I upload will stay buildable even
> >> if a week from now autoconf or automake gets updated to something not
> >> backwards compatible.
> > Yes. That's how I see it as well.
> However, these files (as generated by the Debian maintainer's autotools
> run before the upload) should be included in the source package via the
> .diff.gz. so that the user doesn't need autotools.
OR, if you have a damn good reason to (e.g. you dpatch configure.ac), you
run autotools on the build tree...
> 1. How does one configure CVS to run the autogen.sh?
Module hooks in CVSROOT/* stuff. I never did that, I prefer to have
debian/rules run autogen.sh if configure is missing.
> 2. If the autogen.sh invocation is done during the build by
> debian/rules it can't be done prior to "building the source
> package", which I interpret to mean creating the .diff.gz. "Get
> this script to be run" implies a dependency of some kind: a missing
> configure script or a missing configure-stamp. And in that case,
> the buildds will also invoke it.
No, they won't. See all the build logs for all my packages that
build-depend on autotools-dev for empiric proof. In particular, get
rng-tools which is a small one and fairly simple to understand, and play
> 3. When using cvs-buildpackage, a clean copy of the repository is
> exported, but then dpkg-buildpackage kicks off without a chance for
> maintainer intervention to do something before the build. Perhaps
> I could use the -H<hook_script> option to run autogen.sh?
There is no need to. configure is missing, so make will run autogen.sh
which will create it.
This only works because dpkg-buildpackage calls the clean target before
doing anything, BTW. And all things Debian follow its lead (i.e. pbuilder,
the buildds, sbuild, cvs-buildpackage, etc all either use dpkg-buildpackage
or do things as dpkg-buildpackage would do).
> If the Debian maintainer has run autotools before uploading, should
> the buildds re-run the autotools or not?
They need not to IMHO, but if you want them to, you can easily force that to
happen as well. I would only do that if I needed to dpatch configure.ac,
or something like that.
> > Agreed. That's the current best practice for Debian, as far as I am
> > concerned.
I should have added that doing it at build time if you have a good reason to
is also best-practice.
> README.Debian.gz is a little obscure in places, and answers to the
> above questions would be helpful to me.
Sure thing. Did the above answers help any?
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