ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand
Thu Aug 5 02:19:20 CEST 2010
In message <87pqxy2aqd.fsf at benfinney.id.au>, Ben Finney wrote:
> Have you ever tried to make such a package and get it into Debian?
I have found it very easy to recreate the same steps used by the package
maintainers. For instance, “apt-get source <package>” brings down the exact
same source files used by the maintainer to build the package. Also, “apt-
get build-dep <package>” will make sure you have the right development tools
installed to do the build. Then dpkg-buildpackage will build your own
version of the package, in exactly the same way that the maintainers do it.
> The automation you speak of must be made and maintained by people, and
> they can only automate to the extent that the Distutils output allows.
They seem to manage it OK. Just for fun, I tried building the python-cairo
package from source, and among the output that flew by was
for i in 2.5 2.6; do \
python$i-dbg ./setup.py build; \
So they have found a way to automate the package build using distutils,
rather than bypassing it.
Also it manages to perform useful-looking checks like
dpkg-shlibdeps: warning: dependency on libpthread.so.0 could be avoided if
debian/python-cairo/usr/lib/pyshared/python2.5/cairo/_cairo.so" were not
uselessly linked against it (they use none of its symbols).
Oversight in the upstream build procedure, perhaps?
Anyway, now I have my own .deb files, ready for installation.
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