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dh-dist-zilla - debhelper add-on to run dzil (Dist::Zilla) during build


The dh-dist-zilla package provides a sequence addon for debhelper 7 and above which can be used in the following two ways:

In "debian/rules" since debhelper 7:

    #!/usr/bin/make -f
    export DH_VERBOSE=1
        dh $@ --with dist-zilla

Since debhelper 11.4 alternatively also just in "debian/control":

    Build-Depends: dh-sequence-dist-zilla

Both variants will call "dzil build" prior to "dh_auto_configure", "dzil clean" before "dh_clean" and will add the option "-D build-directory" to "dh_auto_configure", "dh_auto_build", "dh_auto_install", and "dh_auto_test".

How to generate the .orig.tar.xz "upstream" tar-ball

A `debian/rules` file as mentioned above also provides a `get-orig-source` target to generate a source tar ball which contains the minimal necessary contents (compared to the contents of tar-ball for CPAN which would require some additional, generated meta data files):

    make -f debian/rules get-orig-source

Or if your `debian/rules` file is executable, you can also just call it like this:

    debian/rules get-orig-source

If you want to type even less, there's also a `origtar` alias (named after the `origtargz` script from the `devscripts` package) for this target:

    debian/rules origtar


debhelper(7), dh(1), dzil(1), dh_dzil_build(1), dh_dzil_clean(1), dh_dist_zilla_origtar(1)


Elmar Heeb <> and Axel Beckert <>

2021-01-18 dh-dist-zilla v1.4.1