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Re: CDBS and dh_install

Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:

> Is it no longer a requirement of NM that applicants demonstrate
> themselves capable of putting together a source package without the use
> of rules helpers?

Well, I've never actually done this, and I got through NM.  (I've always
used debhelper, although I've sponsored and/or comaintained packages using
CDBS before and have poked a little at yada.)  I'm certain that I *could*
do this if I wanted to, as it's all fairly clearly documented, but I've
never gone through the exercise.

I agree with all the complaints Steve has, but the one that bugs me the
most is the lack of documentation.  If something goes wrong with CDBS,
there really doesn't seem to be a recourse other than figuring out what's
going on by reading the source.  We had a problem with Shishi with
dependencies not showing up in the dependency list of the built packages
that was worked around by reordering the packages in debian/control, and I
never could figure out just what was going on from the CDBS makefiles.  (I
believe this bug has subsequently been fixed.)

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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