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Re: automated updates of debian/changelog considered harmful

On Wed, Jun 08, 2005 at 07:09:35PM +0100, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> Woah, it's not okay for sourceful uploads either. You *cannot* change
> anything that goes into the source package at build time. This
> includes the top entry in changelog and the source section of the
> control file. Trying to do this *will not work*.
> At the point when the changes are made, the source package HAS ALREADY
> BEEN BUILT. What happens is that the changes made in the currentx build
> get included in the *next* source package you build from the same
> tree, so the source and binary are perpetually out of sync. This is
> BAD.

Cdbs lets you generate debian/control dynamically, via a control.in
file, where e.g. @cdbs@ is substituted for build-deps needed by cdbs
(which already caused bugs in the past), among other things.

(It's not documented, but it's easily found by grepping for @cdbs@
in buildcore.mk.)

So if we're documenting all this somewhere, we should probably also
mention that this is not the best cdbs feature to use.

Christian Aichinger

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