[debhelper-devel] Bug#733045: Bug#733045: debhelper: Can debhelper make autotools-dev updating default behaviour?

Joey Hess joeyh at debian.org
Sat Jan 25 19:38:22 UTC 2014

Wookey wrote:
> Debian would be much improved in this regard if the default debhelper
> set of things run included the dh_autotools-dev rules. Individual
> packages wouldn't need patching if they already used debhelper or dh -
> it would just work. Overrides could be added to deal with the unusual
> cases, and a --without autotools-dev to disable it.
> build-from-source distros like OE have been doing this by default for
> many years and it works very well, removing an enormous amount of
> friction from new ports.
> Is there any reason not to make this a default behaviour? I am not aware
> of this ever causing a problem with package builds, even where the
> config.{sub,guess} being replaced are very old.

It's not inconceivable that "config.sub" could be used
for something entirely different. Ie, config.main, config.sub.

I'd be more comfortable doing this if I had some form of proof that
every config.sub and config.guess file in every source package were
autoconf files. 

Or, if autotools-dev checked that the files were autoconf files before
blowing them away.

see shy jo
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