On Mi, Jan 20, 2010 at 10:53:06 (CET), Fabian Greffrath wrote:

> Am 19.01.2010 18:33, schrieb Adrian Knoth:
>> The patch was against configure.ac. I don't know if the minimal
>> debian/rules is sufficient to re-generate configure after applying this
>> patch.
>> If need be, add a line like "autoreconf -f" somewhere before calling
>> configure.
> Personally, instead of running autoreconf (or similar) during build, I'd
> prefer a patch that contains all the changes to configure caused by the
> changes to configure.ac.

11:20 <siretart`> I used to prefer to ship patches against configure
                  and Makefile.in's, but as time passes by, I changed
                  my mind
11:20 <siretart`> debian's maintenance on autofoo tools has improved
                  dramatically, IME

> This way the package stays idempotent, i.e. it makes no difference if
> you build it once or twice from the same source and after running
> "debian/rules clean" everything is back in its initial state.

Idempotency is preserved if the clean target removes all intermediate

The price for this is the build dependency on autotools-dev and relying
on working autotools packages. I think we can afford both, but YMMV.

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

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