Fwd: liblockfile cross compilation guidance

Christian Ehrhardt christian.ehrhardt at canonical.com
Wed Feb 8 09:40:59 UTC 2017

re-post - this time also reaching out to the full ubuntu-devel list so that
this could be decided before the impending FF next week.

*TL;DR:* is just dh/dh_auto_configure cross build safe enough these days to
allow liblockfile becoming a syncpackage in zesty?


   - Yes a sync should be safe for zesty
   - No, we still need the delta (adapted to new d/rules)
   - No, we want to wait until it stabilized again in Debian and only
   consider it in zesty+1 (I have never touched any of the reverse-depends to
   this so it is hard for me to decide)


   - about the changes in liblockfile:
   - about the Ubuntu delta, see my older mail forwarded below

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Christian Ehrhardt <christian.ehrhardt at canonical.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 4:17 PM
Subject: liblockfile cross compilation guidance
To: Adam Conrad <adam.conrad at canonical.com>
Cc: Matthias Klose <matthias.klose at canonical.com>, Jon Grimm <
jon.grimm at canonical.com>

I asked on IRC before [1] but it might have been lost.
TL;DR: is just dh/dh_auto_configure cross build safe enough these days?

I need your advise and experience on general packaging and cross
compilation on that.
The old change is from you Adam, so I wanted to ask you.
Similar (to me) changes I've seen often are from Doko, so I set him on CC
for an extra pack of experience.

The package liblockfile was all-the-same for quite a while.
Recently there seems to be an influx of upstream and Debian packaging

Our only Delta is "Explicitly set CC with DEB_HOST_GNU_TYPE if we're
 DEB_HOST_MULTIARCH ?= $(shell dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_MULTIARCH)
+DEB_HOST_GNU_TYPE  ?= $(shell dpkg-architecture -qDEB_HOST_GNU_TYPE)
+DEB_BUILD_GNU_TYPE ?= $(shell dpkg-architecture -qDEB_BUILD_GNU_TYPE)
+       export CC = $(DEB_HOST_GNU_TYPE)-gcc
+       INSTALL += --strip-program=$(DEB_HOST_GNU_TYPE)-strip

But the new d/rules dropped almost all and uses almost only dh defaults in
the more recent packaging:
        dh $@

        dh_auto_configure -- --enable-shared --with-mailgroup

The older Delta is 5 years old since the package didn't change at all.
But the question that I can't answer alone is, if just dh/dh_auto_configure
would be cross build safe enough these days?
And if so if this shall just become a sync then, because that was the only
delta that is left

[1]: https://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2017/01/24/%23ubuntu-devel.html#t16:16

Christian Ehrhardt
Software Engineer, Ubuntu Server
Canonical Ltd
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