[pkg-php-pear] dh_auto_install worked with pkg-php-tools woes - Re: Co-maintainers for phpCAS interested ? - Was: Re: Updating the packaging bits for phpCAS 1.3.1

Thomas Goirand zigo at debian.org
Thu Jun 14 16:17:03 UTC 2012

On 06/14/2012 04:52 PM, Olivier Berger wrote:
> Cause it was easier for a start. And cause I wanted to go fast instead
> of waiting for your advice on where to store it, but that can be changed
> easily.
> FYI, I also pushed my work to github so as to mark it as a clone of the
> upstream repo, in the hope it can be useful wrt git-buildpackage
> (security patches tracking and likes).

Please don't store Debian stuff on Github. Feel free to make it a backup
of what's on Alioth (using a Git hook for example, there's a recent
thread about this in debian-devel at l.d.o, and it seems easy to do). IMO,
we are really better of using our own Debian server, rather than a 3rd
party which does commercial operation and who doesn't open its source
code (I mean by that that github itself is closed source).

I hope you wont see me as an open source extremist when writing this. I
just believe that Debian should stay independent from any 3rd party...

>> * Why did you add some debian/{docs,examples,install} files then? If
>> that's a PEAR package, then the package.xml will reference all of these,
>> "pear install" called by pkg-php-tools will do the work for you.
> That's initially what I had started, using the direct result of debpear.
> But I didn't like the way dh_auto_install worked with pkg-php-tools :
> docs were installed as /usr/share/doc/php-cas/CAS/... instead of
> directly under /usr/share/doc/php-cas/, for example for the included
> examples/ subdir which should normally be
> /usr/share/doc/php-cas/examples/ and not
> /usr/share/doc/php-cas/CAS/examples per policy IIRC.

If you don't like the way pkg-php-tools does, then let's discuss that
instead! I don't really like it either, but at least we have a standard
for all of our PEAR packages, which is what pkg-php-tools is about.

Also, remember that pkg-php-tools is team maintained, and that Mathieu
Parent (its original author) doesn't have much time to maintain it
currently (he posted about it), so it'd be really welcome if you could
help enhancing it. I've already sent minor patches against it, but I'm
not so good with Perl, so help would be welcome!

> /usr/share/doc/php-cas/examples/ and not
> /usr/share/doc/php-cas/CAS/examples per policy IIRC.

I don't think the policy imposes you this. The later is fine, IMO. Could
you point to the policy manual part that does say this?

> Maybe that's a problem with the package.xml which I could have solved
> with a patch, or a problem with pkg-php-tools. But I must say I'm no
> expert in debhelper, and I find it more explicit to state what needs to
> be installed and where using the debian/[docs|examples|install]
> files.

Well, again, I believe we should make all of our PEAR packages the same
way, and avoid multiple packaging standards. I don't see the trouble
with having /usr/share/doc/php-cas/CAS. In any ways, if you want to
remove that folder, then it could be done a way faster using:

	dh_link -O--buildsystem=phppear
	mv debian/php-cas/usr/share/doc/php-cas/CAS/* \
	rmdir debian/php-cas/usr/share/doc/php-cas/CAS

That's 4 lines of debian/rules that are avoiding 3 files under your
debian folder, plus it works even if upstream is changing stuff in his

Anyway again, I think this should be solved by modifying pkg-php-tools,
rather than modifying each individual PEAR package we maintain.

I have added Mathieu Parent as Cc:, so he will be able to tell why he
decided to use
/usr/share/doc/php-<pear-package-name>/<pear-package-name> for storing
docs. I am suspecting this is to avoid file collision.

> Done already (btw, did I report I've uploaded the package to the NEW
> queue yesterday late ? ;).

Nope! Well done! :)
I hope you'll make it for Wheezy.

By the way, I had no time to handle the nusoap stuff. Do you think you
could? Do you think we need to ask for a transition with the release
team? Or maybe it's too late already?

>> * I don't believe that the apache-2.0 copyright notice you wrote in
>> debian/copyright is enough. Shouldn't you write the full text of it?
> I'm not sure, but that seems somehow what other packagers have done
> already. Lintian didn't complain either.

That's not what I've seen in other packages, but you may be right.
Anyway, if you're wrong, you'll take the responsibility of it, and
handle the ftp-masters flame! :)

>> * Why did you override_dh_auto_install ?
> See above.

I don't get it. There was an empty override_dh_auto_install. This was to
avoid that pkg-php-tools does it? Then how the hell did you get the .reg
in? :)


Thomas Goirand (zigo)

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