[Distutils] bdist_deb patches

Geoffrey T. Dairiki dairiki at dairiki.org
Wed Oct 27 20:22:56 CEST 2004

On Wed, 2004-10-27 at 01:26, M.-A. Lemburg wrote:

> I think you should rename the "debianize" command to something
> like "bdist_deb_prepare" or the like. Maybe even make it a
> bdist_deb subcommand.

What if I rename 'debianize' to 'dh_make'?  That should look
attractive only to Debian hackers --- and should instantly convey
the commands purpose to them as well.

> The reason is that this command is likely only going to be
> used together with bdist_deb unless I misunderstood its
> purpose.

The 'debianize' command is intended to be used _instead_ of

I see two separate classes of debian packers:

1. Those who just want a binary package, so that they can
install it on their Debian machines, taking advantage of
Debian's package control.   This is the target audience
for bdist_deb.

2. Those (either the package author/maintainer himself
or a downstream Debian packager) who want to package the
python package for inclusion in a/the Debian package 
repository.  It will be tricky for a bdist_deb-like
distutils command to make these people happy.
Older entries in the debian/changelog need to be
maintained (this could be arranged somehow, I guess).
But also, it is likely that any automatically-generated
set of debian/ files is going to need to be hand-tweaked
a bit.

The 'debianize' command is intended for this case.
It is intended that it be run only once.  Thereafter
the debian subdirectory is maintained, either as part
of the source distribution, or as part of the Debian
source package.  It is intended that after running
'debianize' (and probably hand-editing the results)
the Debian packages are build the Debian way
(e.g. using debuild.)



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