Category Archives: Debhelper

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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debhelper 10 is now available

Today, debhelper 10 was uploaded to unstable and is coming to a mirror near you “really soon now”. The actual changes between version “9.20160814” and version “10” are rather modest. However, it does mark the completion of debhelper compat 10, … Continue reading

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Anti-declarative packaging – top 15 build-helpers inserting maintscripts

Debian packages can run arbitrary code via “maintainer scripts” (sometimes shortened into “maintscripts”) during installation/removal etc. While they certainly have their use cases, their failure modes causes “exciting” bugs like “fails to install” or the dreaded “fails to remove”. They … Continue reading

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“dput change-all-of-debian.changes”

Lucas Nussbaum recently did a blog post called “Debian is still changing“.  I found it a very welcome continuation of his previous blog post on the same topic.  I find the graphs very interesting and was very happy to learn … Continue reading

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