Working on Evolution code

Andreas Rönnquist gusnan at
Sat Mar 19 13:35:33 UTC 2011

On Sat, 19 Mar 2011 13:48:09 +0100
Marvin Raaijmakers <marvin.nospam at> wrote:

> I want to work on a solution for bug
> However I am not sure what is the correct way of working on the code
> to eventually make a patch for the evolution package.
> To retrieve the source code I did the following:
> apt-get source evolution
> dpkg-source -x evolution_2.30.3-1ubuntu7.3.dsc
> From here on I stuck actually. How can I compile the code to test it
> (so I want this without having to install the software)?  I found that
> "dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -b" builds a new package, but this is
> not what I want (it also performs a "make clean" so everything will be
> recompiled which takes quite some time).
> Or is everything I write wrong and should I checkout the source from
> the ubuntu (bazaar?) repository?
> I did not find a document/web-page answering these questions, so I
> hope someone here can help me or point to a document that explains
> everything. I think I can fix the bug with only a few lines of code,
> so I don't want to spend many hours on finding out how to compile the
> code to test it.

The debian/rules script does what you want - in your case the command

debian/rules build

will build the executable. See [1] for more information.


best regards
Andreas Rönnquist <gusnan at>

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