Working on Evolution code

Marvin Raaijmakers marvin.nospam at
Sun Mar 20 10:45:10 UTC 2011

On Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 2:35 PM, Andreas Rönnquist <gusnan at> wrote:
> 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.
> [1]
> best regards
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I tried:
    fakeroot debian/rules clean
followed by:
    debian/rules build
And it looked like everything got compiled. However I cannot find an
executable named "evolution".

Also when I edit a source file and then run "debian/rules build", the
edited sources file is not being recompiled as I would expect.

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