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Re: [vox-tech] Debian Package Tools

On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:19:17 -0800
Richard Harke <rharke@earthlink.net> wrote:

> On Monday 10 January 2005 08:57, Ken Bloom wrote:
> > On Sun, Jan 09, 2005 at 10:44:10PM -0800, Richard Harke wrote:
> > > I have downloaded a source package and I'm trying to get it set
> > > up to look at. I used apt-get source package-name
> > > Now I have a directory with a diff.gz, a .dsc and a orig.tar.gz
> > > There is also a sub-directory with 3 .bz2 files, a shell script
> > > called prep.sh and a version file. Also a sub-directory called
> > > debian. At this point everything is very old, June 2003.
> > > Clearly patches have not been applied.
> > >
> > > Isn't there a debian tool for extracting the entire source archive
> > > into its usual tree and applying the patches? I've tried
> > > dpkg-source -x name.dsc but what I described is what I get.
> > > Running prep.sh does unpack a couple of the bz2 files but does
> > > not apply the patches.
> > >
> > > Along with wanting to look at this source, I am trying to
> > > learn to use the debian tools better.
> >
> > The diff.gz, the .dsc, and the .orig.tar.gz are the files that
> > Debian's packaging tools know about. Together, they are used by the
> > tool dpkg-source to create the directory you recieved.
> >
> > There are two common ways a build directory is laid out. One is to
> > have the .orig.tar.gz be the upstream sources, and the diff.gz
> > contains the debian/ directory and it may contain modifications made
> > to the upstream source code. (Or these modifications may be stored
> > in patch files in the debian/directory, in which case the diff.gz
> > contains them as a diff within a diff)
> >
> > The other common way that a build directory is laid out is "tarball
> > within a tarball" form. This is what you've got here. This is
> > created and managed with the "dbs" build system (apt-get install
> > dbs) and small example of a dbs-packaged package is hello-dbs. (I'm
> > not sure, but there might also be other systems that do this). There
> > should be a rule in debian/rules (or in a makefile included by
> > debian/rules) whose job is to unpack the interior tarball and apply
> > the patches. In the case of dbs, this rule is named "setup", and to
> > get the expanded build tree you need to run the following from
> > inside the directory.
> >
> > $ debian/rules setup
> I tried this but I get the "no rule for target" error
> There are some comments in the rules file about unpacking and
> building. I guess the steps are to be carried out manually. The
> prep.sh script appears to unpack but does not apply patches.
> Interestingly, prep.sh does contain a "subroutine" for patching but it
> is not called.

What package are you trying to do this to?

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