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Re: From local source tree to Debian package

Charles Plessy <charles-debian-nospam@plessy.org> writes:

> I am sometimes wondering what is the best approach for packages with
> no makefiles :
> a) dh_install,

That does look good (I haven't yet used it).

> b) Write a Makefile, submit it to Upstream, and ship it in the debian
>    directory in the meantime. (as a patch ? as a file to be moved in at
>    the begining of the install rule in debian/rules ?).
> The advantage of b) is that it then contributes to trivialise the
> packaging rules, especially if it is incorporated upstream.

I agree that 'make install' is something that most non-trivial
packages need regardless of Debian policy, even if it doesn't occur to
their authors. Submit it upstream, definitely.

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