[Build-common-hackers] Bug#499726: Bug#499726: Bug#499726: please provide an install target

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Sat Oct 3 08:12:08 UTC 2009

On Fri, Oct 02, 2009 at 04:21:00PM -0400, Felipe Sateler wrote:
>On Fri, 2009-10-02 at 13:51 +0200, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 01, 2009 at 01:56:07PM -0400, Felipe Sateler wrote:
>> >I'm not sure if this should be a new bug, but this one is close 
>> >enough.
>> >
>> >cdbs (debhelper.mk) provides install/binarypackage targets for each 
>> >binary package. However, it does not provide the install target 
>> >which sometimes is very useful. Adding it should be a matter of 
>> >adding:
>> >
>> >install:: $(patsubst %,install/%,$(DEB_ALL_PACKAGES))
>> >
>> >
>> >Somewhere in debhelper.mk
>> Providing a new make target has a risk of clashing with existing 
>> target of same name but of different type - i.e. above will break 
>> packages currently crestihng an install: target (using single colon).
>Hmm. A different name is an option. The important thing is to have a 
>convenient way to perform the install stage, but not create the binary 
>debs. cdbs-install

Ahh, so it is not because you want some rules attached to that target, 
just that you want a single target that all install targets depend on?

I think that is a good idea idea for cdbs v2 but I do not imagine an 
elegant way to add it to current cdbs structure without risk of causing 

>> Also, I dislike the debhelper.mk rule to implement generic 
>> convenience targets not used by itself.  If generally useful they 
>> might make sense to implement in some core place - but only if not 
>> risking clash with local rules files as I fear is the case here.
>Well, that is another problem. Although the truth is that debhelper.mk 
>is as core as it gets. cdbs is not very useful without it, as it is the 
>only file that can actually generate the debs.

I begin to follow your logic here.  And even if in theory other 
install-related mechanisms is implemented later on, using an :: target 
allows them to use same target name, so even in theory be used 


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