[Build-common-hackers] Bug#652945: Atrocious interactions between CDBS, libtool and source format 3.0 (quilt)

Josselin Mouette joss at debian.org
Thu Dec 22 14:56:50 UTC 2011

Le jeudi 22 décembre 2011 à 00:45 +0000, Steve McIntyre a écrit : 
> I've
> just had to update the dvbstreamer package's local copy of libtool to
> make it build binaries in a current unstable chroot.
[snip hours of struggling] 
> I've looked in vain for any way to make this work, but cannot find
> one.

It is true that cdbs lacks documentation and this is a serious problem
that needs dealing with, but it’s not as if nobody knew how it works.
You could have just asked, and you would have been answered with
dh-autoreconf which works very easily with cdbs.

> Please remove this under-documented and badly-designed rubbish from
> the archive. It's been responsible for bad maintainer behaviour and
> lots of RC bugs in the past, and I can see this happening again and
> again in future.

Please don’t do that until there is a suitable replacement. And although
it is a good start, dh is certainly not complete enough for that.

 .''`.      Josselin Mouette
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