Re: Thoughts about src-dep implementation
Chris Waters <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Joey Hess <email@example.com> writes:
> > debian/rules clean is already required to reverse the effects of the build.
> In theory, yes. But unless you audit the .diff.gz, it's not
> necessarily obvious if this fails.
In fact there are packages where it's nearly impossible to get debian/rules
clean to do the right thing perfectly. And there's really not much point in
doing it either.
There is a nice simple solution that would make our lives infinitely easier in
lots of other ways: Build outside the source tree! This is how autoconf is
intended to be used and it makes things a lot easier to manage.
When building outside the source tree you set up a build tree and autoconf
generates Makefiles there which refer to the source tree using VPATH.
debian/rules clean becomes simply "rm -rf build debian/tmp".
This would also make building shared libraries alongside static libraries much
easier -- just build in separate build trees. This would let dependencies work
properly and not force a complete recompilation for a single file modification
just because the static object files have all been cleaned to make way for the
And it would make it easier to handle other varieties of multi-option builds.
Things like building -i binaries packages from the same source tree as -us