[Build-common-hackers] Bug#451226: rules/debhelper.mk ignores changelog and docs in '.' if $(DEB_SRCDIR) is specified

Fabian Greffrath greffrath at leat.rub.de
Wed Nov 14 09:49:52 UTC 2007

Package: cdbs
Version: 0.4.50
Severity: minor
Tags: patch

Dear cdbs-developers,

I have encountered a minor issue when including rules/debhelper.mk and 
having the DEB_SRCDIR variable specified:
If this variable is specified and if it is not ".", cdbs will ignore 
changelogs and docs in "." and only look for them in the DEB_SRCDIR 

This has happened when I tried to package the xvid library found at 
http://www.xvid.org/. Both the configure script and the Makefile are in 
the build/generic directory whereas the ChangeLog and all the docs 
(AUTHORS README TODO) can be found in the root dir of the tarball. With 
the current implementation, these files are ignored and I have to either 
create 'debian/*.{changelog,docs}' files or manually specify 

Please find attached a patch that I created and that changes the 
behaviour as follows:
- It now looks for possible changelog files in DEB_SRCDIR and then in 
".". As soon as it finds a valid candidate, it breaks the loops. This 
way it is made sure, that any changelog file in the specified source 
directory is prefered over another changelog file in the tarball's root 
- It now looks for doc files one by one in DEB_SRCDIR and if it does not 
find the specific file there, it looks in ".". This way it is made sure, 
that all docs in the specified source directory are installed and that a 
doc file in the root directory of the tarball is only installed, if a 
file of the same name is not found in the specified source dir.

Please consider applying this patch. I am pleased to receive feedback if 
the patch isn't sufficient.

Thank you very much!


Dipl.-Phys. Fabian Greffrath

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Lehrstuhl für Energieanlagen und Energieprozesstechnik (LEAT)
Universitätsstr. 150, IB 3/134
D-44780 Bochum

Telefon: +49 (0)234 / 32-26334
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E-Mail:  greffrath at leat.ruhr-uni-bochum.de

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