[Build-common-hackers] Deprecated variable: COMPRESS

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Sat Oct 2 16:41:43 UTC 2010

Hi Neil,

On Sat, Oct 02, 2010 at 04:51:48PM +0100, Neil Williams wrote:
>What's meant to be happening for *COMPRESS* support? ' COMPRESS '
>appears in deprecated variables but there is no other support for
>passing arguments to dh_compress and no change in the documentation.
>Whether I use:
>DEB_COMPRESS_EXCLUDE := device_table.txt
>I get deprecated warnings.
>What is the replacement or are these not meant to be deprecated?

depending on whether you want them ORed or ANDed with package-specific 

>When will the docs be updated?

Good question.

I have not yet become friends with the Docbook-based CDBS documentation, 
and might never do it.  I have considered to switch to a simpler source 
format that I feel more compelled to keep up-to-date, and I have 
considered suppressing its installation as it is growing ever more 
out-of-date.  But neither has happened yet :-(

For now (as has actually always been the case) the best documentation is 
to read the code snippets themselves.  Especially the debhelper.mk 
snippet has a large comment area at the top documenting the various 
variables used.

Kind regards,

  - Jonas

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