Package: javahelper
Version: 0.43
Severity: normal
Tags: patch

jh_makepkg's template for Maven projects produces a debian/rules file
that uses /usr/bin/mvn-debian whose maintainer does not support
"production use". The comment at the top of /usr/bin/mvn-debian is
correct: The template produced by jh_makepkg cannot even determine in a
robust way if the build attempt by mvn-debian has been successful or

Yet, production use is exactly what is implied by templates for building
Debian packages that are output by a script.

In its current form, this template does more harm and frustration than
good for unsuspecting users (DDs such as myself who just want to package
some Maven-built software). On the other hand, supporting Maven seems to
be a bigger, more complicated, task that is better served by mh_make
from the maven-debian-helper package. 

I suggest removing maven "support" from jh_makepkg altogether; see my
patch below.


commit 70ce2c9b74292543625eec6a52bf7d4d1d0af0a9 (HEAD, refs/heads/master)
Author: Hilko Bengen <>
Date:   Mon Mar 18 22:58:26 2013 +0100

    Remove Maven support

	Modified   jh_makepkg
diff --git a/jh_makepkg b/jh_makepkg
index c83dfce..32e9eb7 100755
--- a/jh_makepkg
+++ b/jh_makepkg
@@ -1,7 +1,7 @@
 #!/bin/bash --
 # options:
-#    make, maven, ant, byhand
+#    make, ant, byhand
 #    app, library
 #    gcj
@@ -28,7 +28,6 @@ syntax()
    echo -e "\t-a --app: This is an application package"
    echo -e "\tPick One:"
    echo -e "\t-t --ant: Builds with ant"
-   echo -e "\t-M --maven: Builds with maven2"
    echo -e "\t-k --makefiles: Builds with make"
    echo -e "\t-n --none: Create own buildsystem"
    echo -e "\tPick One:"
@@ -44,7 +43,7 @@ syntax()
    exit 1
-ARGS="p package m maintainer e email v upstream l library a app t ant k makefile n none g gcj o openjdk o7 openjdk7 M maven d default" parseargs "$@"
+ARGS="p package m maintainer e email v upstream l library a app t ant k makefile n none g gcj o openjdk o7 openjdk7 d default" parseargs "$@"
@@ -170,8 +169,6 @@ esac
 if [ -n "`getarg t ant`" ]; then
-elif [ -n "`getarg M maven`" ]; then
-   BUILD="maven"
 elif [ -n "`getarg k makefiles`" ]; then
 elif [ -n "`getarg n none`" ]; then
@@ -181,7 +178,6 @@ else
    echo "Select:"
    echo -e "\t[A] Ant"
    echo -e "\t[M] Makefiles"
-   echo -e "\t[V] Maven"
    echo -e "\t[N] None---make one for me (Default)"
    echo -n "[Namv] $ "
    read t
@@ -195,10 +191,6 @@ else
          echo "Selected: Makefiles"
-      "V"|"v")
-         BUILD="maven"
-         echo "Selected: Maven"
-         ;;
          echo "Selected: No upstream build system"
@@ -211,9 +203,6 @@ case $BUILD in
       DEPENDS="$DEPENDS, ant"
-   "maven")
-      DEPENDS="$DEPENDS, maven2, maven-debian-helper"
-   ;;
@@ -354,15 +343,6 @@ END
       case $BUILD in
-         "maven")
-      cat >> debian/rules <<END
-	# Build the package
-	mvn-debian build
-	mvn-debian clean
-         ;;
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