thank your detailed reply:
On Sunday, 4 November 2012 04:29:06 UTC, Jordan Sissel wrote:
> First, I'll ask the obvious question - why do you want this? Is there
> a feature of fpm missing?
uhm, no - i now realise i was trying to use fpm for the wrong use case,
namely preparing a source PEAR module for packaging for eventual inclusion
in the Debian archives or at least to be used in an Ubuntu PPA for the time
> Second, fpm implements debian package building without the use of
> *any* debian tools. It doesn't use any 'debian' directory, and it
> never runs dpkg-buildpackage, debuild, dh_make, or any related tools.
> This allows two great benefits - first, that you can build deb
> packages on any machine for any platform since there is no requirement
> for debian's tools. Second, that because fpm doesn't use debian
> tooling, you aren't burdened by the many (possibly invasive and
> destructive) 'debian policy' decisions that are enforced and applied
> by debian's package tools.
sure, i understand now - in fact, seeing that my package was created almost
instantly i assumed that no debian build toolchain was involved. being able
to quickly build a package on any platform/architecture and with no debian
toolchain (or, even worse, the whole PEAR build thingy) dependencies is
awesom when there is no need to stick to specific policies and all is
needed is a ready to use package file.
thank you for your help!