Author Archives: Niels Thykier

Building packages without (fake)root

Turns out that it is surprisingly easy to build most packages without (fake)root.  You just need to basic changes: A way to set ownership to “root:root” of paths when dpkg-deb –build constructs the binary. A way to have debhelper not … Continue reading

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Introducing the debhelper buildlabel prototype for multi-building packages

For most packages, the “dh” short-hand rules (possibly with a few overrides) work great.  It can often auto-detect the buildsystem and handle all the trivial parts. With one notably exception: What if you need to compile the upstream code twice … Continue reading

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Improving bulk performance in debhelper

Since debhelper/10.3, there has been a number of performance related changes.  The vast majority primarily improves bulk performance or only have visible effects at larger “input” sizes. Most visible cases are: dh + dh_* now scales a lot better for … Continue reading

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Approaching the exclusive “sub-minute” build time club

For the first time in at least two years (and probably even longer), debhelper with the 10.6.2 upload broke the 1 minute milestone for build time (by mere 2 seconds – look for “Build needed 00:00:58, […]”).  Sadly, the result … Continue reading

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debhelper 10.5.1 now available in unstable

Earlier today, I uploaded debhelper version 10.5.1 to unstable.  The following are some highlights compared to version 10.2.5: debhelper now supports the “meson+ninja” build system. Kudos to Michael Biebl. Better cross building support in the “makefile” build system (PKG_CONFIG is … Continue reading

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On making Britney smarter

Updating Britney often makes our life easier. Like: smooth-updates (winter 2011) Adam’s accidental upgrade of the original auto-hinter[1] (winter 2012) A non-leaking installability tester (winter 2013) Fix non-determinism of easy-hinted smooth updatable packages (summer 2014) Support for non-hinted multi-item migrations … Continue reading

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The stretch freeze is coming

The soft freeze has been on going for almost a month now and the full stretch freeze will start tomorrow night (UTC).  It has definitely been visible in the number of unblock requests that we have received so far.  Fortunately, … Continue reading

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