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Bug#553420: debian-policy: Please clarify what is the interface for building binary packages.

Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org> writes:

> there is currently a discussion on debian-devel@lists.debian.org with a
> strong disagreement on what the Policy specifies for building binary
> packages, and what it should specify.

> http://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/4AE85D08.1050809@e-tobi.net
> (I can prepare a summary if there is interest for this).

> In a first step, I think that it would be very helpful to clarify what
> is the build interface as of Policy 3.8.3. Currently the Policy
> specifies what the debian/rules file is, gives a special role to
> dpkg-buildpackage, and the build interface is extrapolated with
> conflicting interpretation among the developers.

> In a second step, I propose to go forward and open the possibility of an
> evolution of the constraints on the format of the debian/rules file,
> according to the consensus on what the build interface should be (which
> can be different from what it is as of version 3.8.3). This part is not
> independant from the discussion whether debian/rules should be callable
> interactively with no special environment variable set, or if
> dpkg-buildpackage should be the canonical tool for this usage.

This was one of two alternate proposals that came out of that discussion
concerning what interface is required for debian/rules.  The other
proposal (require debian/rules to be a makefile) was adopted in Policy
3.8.4.  I think that was an implicit choice of that approach over this
one, and reviewing the bug log, I don't think this proposal got consensus.

Accordingly, I'm marking this bug as rejected, but it will stay open for
some time in case anyone objects or disagrees with my interpretation.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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