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Bug#218893: Proposal: Build-Features [Fix for the build-arch problem]

Dear developers,

The attached patch documents the new 'Build-Features: build-arch' control field
in dpkg 1.16.1. This is an updated version of a patch already proposed in
bug #218893 on 12 Nov 2003. The only change is that Build-Options was renamed
to Build-Features by Raphaël Hertzog.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 
commit bf07f5e259bcb66f5ee583bfc6d8ac966197f627
Author: Bill Allombert <Bill.Allombert@math.u-bordeaux.fr>
Date:   Wed Jun 8 23:44:12 2011 +0200

    Document Build-Features 'build-arch'.

diff --git a/policy.sgml b/policy.sgml
index bb424ed..921190f 100644
--- a/policy.sgml
+++ b/policy.sgml
@@ -1971,15 +1971,6 @@
-		If one or both of the targets <tt>build-arch</tt> and
-		<tt>build-indep</tt> are not provided, then invoking
-		<file>debian/rules</file> with one of the not-provided
-		targets as arguments should produce a exit status code
-		of 2.  Usually this is provided automatically by make
-		if the target is missing.
-	      </p>
-	      <p>
 		The <tt>build-arch</tt> and <tt>build-indep</tt> targets
 		must not do anything that might require root privilege.
@@ -2614,6 +2605,7 @@ Package: libc6
 	    <item><qref id="f-Section"><tt>Section</tt></qref> (recommended)</item>
 	    <item><qref id="f-Priority"><tt>Priority</tt></qref> (recommended)</item>
 	    <item><qref id="sourcebinarydeps"><tt>Build-Depends</tt> et al</qref></item>
+	    <item><qref id="f-Build-Features"><tt>Build-Features</tt></qref> (optional)</item>
 	    <item><qref id="f-Standards-Version"><tt>Standards-Version</tt></qref> (recommended)</item>
 	    <item><qref id="f-Homepage"><tt>Homepage</tt></qref></item>
@@ -3109,6 +3101,19 @@ Package: libc6
+        <sect1 id="f-Build-Features">
+        <heading><tt>Build-Features</tt></heading>
+        <p>
+           The syntax is a list of options separated by
+	   commas that are implemented in the build process. 
+           The following options are defined:
+           <list>
+             <item> <tt>build-arch</tt> The optional targets "build-arch"
+                 and "build-indep" are implemented by <tt>debian/rules</tt>
+                 as defined in <ref id="debianrules">.  </item>
+           </list>
+        </p>
+        </sect1>
 	<sect1 id="f-Version">

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