also sprach Russ Allbery <r...@stanford.edu> [2009.03.10.2247 +0100]: > > When packaging, I'm undecided on these two options: > > 1. Build-depend on automake and let it rebuilt itself at 'make' time > > Definitely the right solution IMO. This is what I do with all of my > packages.
Wasn't this heavily frowned upon in Debian for many years? I just read again /usr/share/doc/autotools-dev/README.Debian (unfortunately, I cannot find a VCS link to that file, so I put it up here: ), and it contains a lot of valuable information on the issue. Maybe the most important message from it is that the use of patch systems (and this includes vcs-pkg, at least in spirit) requires one to do either - build-depend on automake/autoconf and make those steps part of the build process - work with upstream to fix their build systems so they can be tweaked for distros with command-line options instead of patches. To me, it sounds like those are exactly our goals, so it seems as if build-depending on the autotools is the right way forward. -- .''`. martin f. krafft <madd...@d.o> Related projects: : :' : proud Debian developer http://debiansystem.info `. `'` http://people.debian.org/~madduck http://vcs-pkg.org `- Debian - when you have better things to do than fixing systems "in a country where the sole employer is the state, opposition means death by slow starvation. the old principle: who does not work shall not eat, has been replaced by a new one: who does not obey shall not eat." -- leon trotsky, 1937
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