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Re: How to maintain packaging files for multiple distributions in the same tree?

Loïc Minier <lool+debian@via.ecp.fr> writes:

> On Thu, Jan 25, 2007, Øystein Gisnås wrote:
>> Is there a good way to let Maemo-specific packaging files coexist with
>> Debian unstable files in the upstream tree? Currently there is a
>> debian/ upstream, but it is Debian unstable specific. Btw tinymail is
>> not part of the official Debian Archive.
>  I think the Maemo changes are additional control lines to e.g. have an
>  icon in the list of installed apps.  Perhaps you can simply generate
>  debian/control from debian/control.in and rely on something like
>  lsb-release to know when to insert the proper fields?

Evil. Don't change control at build time.

Beter to generate a debian/control.new from control.in and then fail
(with a helpfull message) if that differs from debian/control. Or
generally fail (with a helpfull message) whenever debain/control gets
changed. That way people can jsut restart the build if that was

>  If it's also about changing a lot of build-deps / deps, then you might
>  want to maintain a completely separate control file for maemo and move
>  debian/control.maemo to control instead of sharing a common control.in.

I think the simplest thing is to branch. You might want to upload some
ix to stable-proposed-updates, security or testing-proposed-updates in
which case your changelog gets additional entries not present in the
unstable changelog and so on. A branch fits there perfectly.


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