For Debian package maintainers, the wrap-and-sort tool is one of those nice tools that I use once in a while, and every time have to re-read the documentation to conclude that I want to use the
--wrap-always --short-indent --trailing-comma --sort-binary-package options (or
-satb for short). Every time, I also wish that I could automate this and have it always be invoked to keep my
debian/ directory tidy, so I don’t have to do this manually once every blue moon. I haven’t found a way to achieve this automation in a non-obtrusive way that interacts well with my git-based packaging workflow. Ideally I would like for something like the lintian-hook during
gbp buildpackage to check for this – ideas?
Meanwhile, I have come up with a way to make sure I don’t forget to run
wrap-and-sort for long, and that others who work on the same package won’t either: create an autopkgtest which is invoked during the Salsa CI/CD pipeline using the following as
trap "rm -rf $TMPDIR" 0 INT QUIT ABRT PIPE TERM
cp -a debian $TMPDIR
diff -ur $OLDPWD/debian debian
Add the following to
debian/tests/control to invoke it – which is intentionally not indented properly so that the self-test will fail so you will learn how it behaves.
Depends: devscripts, python3-debian
Now I will get build failures in the pipeline once I upload the package into Salsa, which I usually do before uploading into Debian. I will get a diff output, and it won’t be happy until I push a commit with the output of running
wrap-and-sort with the parameters I settled with.
autopkgtest is intended to test the installed package, the tooling around
autopkgtest is powerful and easily allows this mild abuse of its purpose for a pleasant QA improvement.
Thoughts? Happy hacking!