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debian/rules as shell scripts instead of Makefile



I dont see why make should be required by our build process.

Why is the debian/rules file a makefile, couldnt it easily be done with
shell scripts instead.... make enables the file to have dependecies and a
more structured format, but do we really need these features ?

It would be easy to change our build system to use shell scripts by have a
default shell script that calls the existing debian/rules operation.

gnu make itself can be compiled without have make preinstalled, however
the debian packages does need make to process the rules file, i imagine
there may be some architecture independent packages which dont need make.

It would be more flexible IMHO


Glenn

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