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Re: Do we want to Require or Recommend DH




Holger Levsen writes ("Re: Do we want to Require or Recommend DH"):
> On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 12:30:02PM +0100, Ian Jackson wrote:
> > This provides an excellent
> > opportunity to leave a comment next to each weird thing explaining why
> > it's there.
> >   https://browse.dgit.debian.org/xen.git/tree/debian/rules#n111
> 
> wow, that's a *really* nicely documented rules file, kudos!

Thanks for the compliment.  This is there for my benefit as much as
anyone else's.  Having done all the digging to figure all these things
out, I definitely want so save my future self from doing it all again!

Also documenting things means both that everyone else is much less
likely to delete it or break it, and that if it goes wrong or becomes
obsolete, we will be able to fix it or drop it as applicable.

But my point is if you have a handwritten rules file it ends up so
full of "obvious" boilerplate that it is difficult to see the trees
for the wood, and there isn't anywhere obvious to put this kind of
commentary.  I think both dh and cdbs make this easier.

Ian.

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