Bug#604397: debian-policy: require build-arch and build-indep targets
Jakub Wilk wrote:
> * Jonathan Nieder <email@example.com>, 2011-03-01, 21:01:
>> So it seems to me that "dpkg-buildpackage -B" ought to be taught to
>> run the equivalent of
>> debian/rules build-arch
>> if test "$?" = 2
>> debian/rules build
> make exits with code 2 "if any errors were encountered". So no, this
> approach cannot be used.
Did you read the rest of the message?
But okay, I am willing to accept that this is an approach we do
not want to use. Which still leaves us with a number of options.
To help some existing packages today (and break others):
1. Find an active "make" maintainer.
2. Polish the patch in Bug#598534 and apply it.
make-first-existing-target build-arch build -- -f debian/rules
To help no existing packages today but make it easy for packages
to opt in (and not break the others):
1. Introduce a Build-Options facility for packages to advertise
capabilities like this.
2. Teach dpkg-buildpackage to honor it.
To move towards a world in which all packages support build-arch and
1. Teach dpkg-buildpackage a new switch to use those targets.
The operator can easily figure out when they are available if
building by hand.
2. Introduce a lintian test for build-arch/build-indep presence.
3. Contribute patches.
4. When there are not so many packages left without the feature,
propose a mass bug-filing/release goal.
5. Finally, update policy and make autobuilders use the switch
to use those targets when building unstable and experimental.
Just my two cents,