[debhelper-devel] Bug#515856: Bug#515856: debhelper: please implement dh get-orig-source

Niels Thykier niels at thykier.net
Thu Aug 31 16:34:00 UTC 2017

Control: tags -1 wontfix

Christopher Hoskin:
> Package: debhelper
> Version: 10.2.5
> Followup-For: Bug #515856
> I had a similar thought. However, one problem is that there doesn't seem to be agreement on what get-orig-source is actually intended to do:
> https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=466550
> Some people are in favour of removing it all together in favour of uscan:
> https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=873001
> If someone does want to have a go at implementing this, there are some possibily useful suggestions here:
> https://wiki.debian.org/onlyjob/get-orig-source
> Christopher
> [...]

I am not convinced get-orig-source is well-defined enough that dh can do
something useful here.

If it is "just calling uscan", then lets just call uscan directly and
avoid dh as a middle man.  Otherwise, it is not clear to me what should
be done here.

Finally, it is not even clear to me that dh can implement this as you
need the makefile to determine the package directory and it is probably
only available in make (if you don't explicitly export it).


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