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Re: Popularity of bzr-builddeb and dh-make

On Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 02:38:46PM -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> dh-make isn't so relevant now that debhelper 7 exists.  cp
> /usr/share/doc/debhelper/examples/rules.tiny debian/rules && dch
> --create, manually create debian/control and debian/copyright, and that's
> about it.  
dh-make comes from the era when deb-make (anyone remember that) was
around which, I think, was before debhelper was around.  It was
basically written to fix a "problem" which was bad templates getting
into the Debian archive.

debhelper has gotten smarter with every release and gradually what
dh-make has had to do is getting reduced.  I'm not sure we're at the
point of removing dh-make (it's an open question; I'm really not sure)
but perhaps we will be there one day.  As it was written to solve a
problem, if the problem goes then we won't need it.

Steve with his years of packaging experience is not probably a good
sample of one to base this upon. I'd be curious to see if newer
packagers use it or not.

As far as what packaging-dev recommends or suggests, I've never used it
so don't really care either way.  I am curious why a specific tool is
recommended over a generic one (I don't use bzr anywhere so it would be
useless for me).

 - Craig
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