On Sun, Sep 19, 2010 at 10:08:47AM +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote: > As for automake, you should strongly recommend AM_MAINTAINER_MODE. > Packages without this macro are a real pain to patch. > > If upstream wants maintainer mode by default (as you have without the > macro set), they just need to set AM_MAINTAINER_MODE([enable]). By > default, cdbs and dh will disable it and everyone is happy. Uhm, no. AM_MAINTAINER_MODE is bad for: * upstream -- it forces manual rebuilds * non-distro users -- another issue to watch for while hacking on the program. As long as they don't modify the autotoolage, they don't need autotools installed -- and if they did, they do want to be told what they need instead of their modifications being silently ignored. * Debian -- building things from the actual source is one of the core rules The only "benefit" that AM_MAINTAINER_MODE can bring is cleaner deb diffs, which can be obtained just as well by removing the modified generated files in "debian/rules clean". In fact, it would be nice to have a lintian check _against_ using that, and forcing --disable-maintainer-mode to configure if it's present in the upstream sources, since it being enabled means you're patching generated files. -- 1KB // Microsoft corollary to Hanlon's razor: // Never attribute to stupidity what can be // adequately explained by malice.
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