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.
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