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Re: Debhelper doesn't know the ‘build-stamp’ target, but Lintian recommends it

Hi Ben,

On Tue, 2011-07-26 at 17:10 +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> Howdy all,
> Lintian recommends (via tag ‘debian-rules-missing-recommended-target’):
> =====
> N:   Note that the following form is recommended however:
> N:   
> N:     build: build-arch build-indep
> N:     build-arch: build-stamp
> N:     build-indep: build-stamp
> N:     build-stamp:
> N:   build here
> =====
> I am building arch-independent and arch-dependent packages from a rules
> file. The actions don't need anything other than “dh $@”. (I don't want
> to use the “%:” style, since I prefer the ‘.PHONY’ target to be
> explicit).
> But where should “dh $@” be put? The above information from Lintian
> recommends that all the build actions should be in ‘build-stamp’, but
> ‘dh’ doesn't know about that target and barfs.

If you're sure that you want to use dh but .PHONY then just put into
your rules something like:

	dh $@
	dh $@
build: build-arch build-indep

No need for a stamp as dh is already producing stamps internally.

At second thought I'm not too sure what would happen if you'd put %: dh
$@ and also .PHONY into debian/rules. Considering the internal stamps of
dh that might also be an option. 

Just out of curiosity: what are you stuffing into your .PHONY target
that you need to manually control?

Best regards,

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