Re: Generating debian package using cmake (take 2)
"Mathieu Malaterre" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
THANK YOU !
So far I only had FUDs about: 'no this is impossible, 'this is not the
right way'. Thanks for taking the time to answer in detail, this much
more supportive. I finally understood the previous aggressive answers,
I was simply looking at the problem from opposite direction.
So the next question is: where do I get started :)
My gut alos told me that you were going at it the wrong way, but It was not
until I read this, that I realized what the right way was.
debhelper extracting the usuable information, and creating the files. This
would potentially then support two ways of working. If the debhelper support
is complete enough, the generic debhelper buildscript is all that would be
needed. The contents of the binary packages could potentially be determined
by by the INSTALL(...) commands, which apparently support multiple packages.
I still do not understand this one. cmake is able to say I need
'zlib.h' and 'z.so', so I do not see why this is so hard to find out
that zlib-dev is required (dpkg -S, or equivalent call), right ?
That system may work in quite a few cases, but would not nessisarally work
in all cases.
However, it is perfectly possible to have the dh_make (the script that
initially creates a debhelper-based debian/ directory) do a preliminary
pass, and determine as many of the build depends needed as possible. Then
anything it did not catch could be added manually.
(Actually a new non-buildtime script that dh_make would call would probably
work better. This seperate program could be used by the maintainers to
update the build-depends with any new packages it can detect. The idea being
that in at least some cases, new build-depends could be automatically
Anyway, the best way to become familar with debhelper is to use it to
package a few simple traditional make based packages. Then jump in. Keep in
contact with the Debhelper maintainer (Joey Hess) and dh-make's maintainer
Hope this message has helped in some way.