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Re: overhaul of the debian ocaml policy

On 21-08-2010, Florent Monnier <monnier.florent@gmail.com> wrote:
> Le samedi 21 août 2010 12:53:22, Sylvain Le Gall a écrit :
>> On 15-08-2010, Sylvain Le Gall <gildor@debian.org> wrote:
>> > On 15-08-2010, Ralf Treinen <treinen@free.fr> wrote:
>> >> My modifications in the policy mostly concern the chapter generalities
>> >> where I have refactored some stuff, to some extend the chapter on prog
>> >> packaging, and to an even lesser extend the chapter on libary packaging.
>> >> Please have a look and comment on the list, or modify directly in git
>> >> for small modifications.
>> > 
>> > I would like to discuss the section about META files in
>> > chapter-libpack.xml
>> > 
>> > We had a discussion with Mehdi about the right location of the META, we
>> > (pkg-ocaml-maint) write in place of the upstream.
>> > 
>> > I tend to think that putting them into METAS/ is a good way to show that
>> > this META is not one from upstream (i.e. distro specific).
>> OK, as I am the only one to support this POV, it seems this is not a
>> good thing.
>> Ralf, can you add a note about the "META" explaining that if we create a
>> META on Debian side, we should store it into the library directory?
> IMO the idea of putting a comment to the added METAs is good
> so then someone who care about writing a Makefile that will work
> on a pristine install can do it
> Also maybe we could use the same comment in several distro
> so that users can use the same grep command without needing to care
> which distro they use.

We could even define a variable for this e.g. add:

origin = "Debian" 

in the META file. This is better than a comment: you can grep it and you
can programmatically access it through findlib. It is also a construct
allowed by META syntax (i.e. you can define useless variables).

Sylvain Le Gall

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