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Re: debian/rules as shell scripts instead of Makefile

Previously Glenn McGrath wrote:
> Why is the debian/rules file a makefile, couldnt it easily be done with
> shell scripts instead....

Yes, in fact I've done a few test packages using sh scripts.

> make enables the file to have dependecies and a
> more structured format, but do we really need these features ?

Not at all.

> 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.

No changes needed in dpkg. It is just Debian policy that requires
debian/rules to be a makefile.


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