Re: debian/rules as shell scripts instead of Makefile
On Fri, 2 Aug 2002, Glenn McGrath wrote:
> 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.
dpkg doesn't care. It's Debian Policy that says this.