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Old 03-31-2010, 07:55 PM
Axel Beckert
Default Bug#575938: ITP: dh-autoreconf -- debhelper add-on to call autoreconf and clean up after the build

Julian Andres Klode wrote:
> > Is there any advantage to have it packaged?
> >
> > AIUI, you have to add a build-dependency anyway and change at least one
> > line in the debian/rules to call dh-autoreconf. Well, that line could
> > simply call autoreconf (or whatever) which even makes debian/rules clearer.
> The difference is that dh_autoreconf calls autoreconf and stores a list
> of the changes and the changed files are then removed in the clean
> target. If you just call autoreconf, the changes end up in the diff;
> and this is not what we want.


I recently just implemented a similar but less sophisticated feature
for one of my packages by more or less copying away all relevant files
and restoring them in the clean target.

I'd really like to see such a feature in Debian!

Regards, Axel
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