While preparing 1.15.0, I tripped over `make distcheck' failing.
The purpose of make dist is to be to be able to make a fresh tarball
from a dirty source tree. However, we can already do that easily
because we have a revision control system. So asking `make dist' to
work means that we have to manually add new files in one more place,
but without any useful benefit.
I therefore built 1.15.0 with the following process, adapted from the
release process in Teams/Dpkg/GitUsage:
* Finalise changelogs and commit
* autoreconf -f -i
* dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc -S -rfakeroot
* pbuilder --build dpkg_1.15.0.dsc
I suggest we change the wiki accordingly and cease to maintain `make
dist' (ie, the corresponding variables in the various Makefile.am's).