[Build-common-hackers] Teaching people about CDBS

Philip Hands phil at hands.com
Fri Apr 15 21:34:51 UTC 2011

[This is a repost of a mail that was originally sent privately to Jonas,
 which he asked me to post here to then provide him the chance to give
 his helpful reply a wider airing -- I hope you all find it useful]

Hi Jonas,

I hope you're well.

I'm giving a tutorial on Debian package building in May[1], and while it
might be tempting to allow my bigotry to win, and just say "Don't use CDBS"
I don't think that is really the right thing to do, especially since I'm
sure that some of the attendees will be wanting to know about packaging
because they want to be able to apply local patches, which means they're
very likely to need to patch CDBS based packages at some point.

Also, from your recent comments about CDBS, it seems that I ought to
have another look at it, since it sounds like it's changed quite a lot
since I developed my bigotry ;-)

So, that being the case, I was wondering if you could point me at good
example packages that demonstrate CDBS's strengths, or illustrate why one
might want to prefer CDBS over dh7.  Also, if there's and good intro
that you could suggest, that would be great too.

Cheers, Phil.
[1] http://www.ukuug.org/events/debian2011/
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