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Re: Difficult Packaging Practices (OT)




On 5/28/19 9:48 AM, Thomas Dettbarn wrote:
> Hello.
> 
> 
> This is slightly off-topic, and I have not been on this mailinglist
> since this thread started. Nevertheless, I would like to express my
> support for changing the packaging practices.
> 
> Over the last two weeks, I tried creating ports and packages for my
> project "dMagnetic". It was rather easy for the OpenBSD and FreeBSD 
> ports system. All that was needed there were some changes to some 
> existing files, and my port was ready. FreeBSD was the easiest: 
> Sourcecode URL, SHA256 sum and a short description was all that was 
> needed. Now it is already part of the offical ports collection.
> 
> Debian was quite more complicated, and the documentation on that 
> topic was scattered all over the interwebs. Here I had to download
> the sources, rename the directories, rename the package, repackage,
> change some files, count the number of spaces at the beginning of a
> line... I did it, but it is rather frustrating for new developers. 
> 
> Please please help them! :)
> 
> 
> Thomas Dettbarn
> 

This thread reminded me the Debian User Repository thread:
 https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2019/04/msg00064.html

Such a repository can be a "easy" packaging zone, possibly attracting
more contributing people. Eventually some people will try to improve the
packages and get them into official Debian.