[Israel.pm] Development Environment Setting Up

Gaal Yahas gaal at forum2.org
Sat Oct 6 06:54:43 PDT 2007

On 9/16/07, Omer Zak <w1 at zak.co.il> wrote:
> On Sun, 2007-09-16 at 16:26 +0200, Shachar Shemesh wrote:
> > Omer Zak wrote:
> > > In the following excerpt, Amir E. Aharoni pointed out a problem several
> > > people have in joining some of the more successful big Free Software
> > > projects (OpenOffice is especially guilty in this respect).
> > >
> > > The problem of setting up is not only due to the need to download and
> > > install extra packages, but also due to conflicting tools and versions
> > > of tools needed by different projects and the developer's own work.
> > >
> > Under Debian, the following three commands rebuild the package, exactly
> > as originally built, for any package in the Debian main archive:
> > # apt-get build-dep package
> > $ apt-get source package
> > $ cd package-version ; dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot
> >
> > So, in a way, yes, Debian did in fact solve this problem.
> Thanks for the tip.
> So, the problem is solved in the special use case of rebuilding the
> version which is in Debian main archive, for the purpose of making a
> small change in it (such as fixing a security bug).
> How are the following use cases handled?
> 1. Several Perl modules are in CPAN but not packaged in .deb files.
> They are installed using cpan rather than apt-get.
> I suppose that a similar situation exists also for Python, PHP and other
> scripting languages.
> When such a module needs to be re-built (say, it relies not only upon
> Perl scripts but also upon a DLL), how is this dealt with?
> 2. Building a bleeding-edge version, for which you want to get the
> source code from SVN HEAD (or CVS HEAD).  Such a version is not in
> Debian main, and probably did not make it even to Debian Sid.
> In the general case, to execute the new version, you also need also more
> recent versions of the system libraries - yet you do not want to screw
> up your development environment for other projects, which rely upon
> stable versions of those system libraries.

sudo apt-get install dh-make-perl
man dh-make-perl

Like cpan2rpm, it isn't perfect. But you may find it useful nonetheless.

Gaal Yahas <gaal at forum2.org>

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