Bug#373164: [Build-common-hackers] Bug#373164: cdbs: stop overriding DEB_DESTDIR

Marc Dequènes (Duck) duck at duckcorp.org
Tue Jun 13 13:33:36 UTC 2006

Eduard Bloch <edi at gmx.de> writes:

> Then document it properly. What I expect as user is a good readable
> overview of how CDBS poisons the environment: ie. a complete list of
> variables set and overriden by it with links to the conflicting
> packages. Currently, your manual is unreadable because all the var names
> are spread over different paragraphs, I would like to see a summary, a
> table with names, short descriptions and links.

The current documentation is more a tutorial than a reference. It is
being improved regulary and if you followed the thread on d-devel you
would have read we plan to reorganise it and improve it. It is
unfortunately poisoned by a conflict between Peter and me. But notice
among all the CDBS users, which are now many, none proposed to help us
do any improvement in the documentation.

> I sent a complaint to your mailing list before. Apparently it has been
> ignored.

I was probably not on the list yet. I do understand your complaint, but
understand CDBS would not change currently used variables (even if we
can start using a new namespace from now). If you can agree with the
release team to NMU all the so many packages that would be broken by
such important changes in a short enough timeframe, then *perhaps* Peter
would allow this, but we are not going to do it ourselves.

> And if the closest relationship of the var name and var meaning counts,
> then module-assistant wins.

Are you here for flamewars or to find solutions ?

Waiting for Peter about the namespace proposal. I may start using it for
the new variables introduced in the new python class, but this decision
must be taken quickly.

Marc Dequènes (Duck)
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