[Build-common-hackers] Bug#493631: cdbs: please use stamps for configure/build

Felix Zielcke fzielcke at z-51.de
Sun Aug 3 17:53:12 UTC 2008

Package: cdbs
Version: 0.4.52
Severity: wishlist


Not even a month before I started to co-maintaining the grub and grub2 packages
with Robert Millan, so I'm still new to this debian/ stuff.

We have a 9 month bug old filed against grub2 that the package wastes CPU cycles
of the autobuilders: #450505

The problem is that grub2 doesn't use any stamps in debian/rules.
I'm very new to this debian/ stuff and dh-make seems to be creating these stamp
rules by default, as can bee seen on the new maint. packaging guide.

I noticed that dpkg-buildpackage calls ./configure 12 times in the beginning and
13 times in the end.
But we only have 8 .debs generated of it and we would even only need to run
../configure 5 times.

Robert and me both think that this belongs more to the build system used in
Debian, then that every package itself has to implement stamps.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
  APT prefers experimental
  APT policy: (500, 'experimental'), (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.26-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages cdbs depends on:
ii  debhelper                     7.0.16     helper programs for debian/rules

Versions of packages cdbs recommends:
ii  autotools-dev                 20080123.2 Update infrastructure for config.{

Versions of packages cdbs suggests:
ii  devscripts                    2.10.35    scripts to make the life of a Debi
pn  doc-base                      <none>     (no description available)

-- no debconf information

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