[Dctrl-tools-devel] initial thoughts

Jon Bernard jbernard at debian.org
Thu Nov 8 13:28:15 UTC 2007

* Antti-Juhani Kaijanaho <antti-juhani at kaijanaho.fi> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 07, 2007 at 10:02:02PM -0500, Jon Bernard wrote:
> >   1. First, how come all archs are at version 2.12 except sparc, hppa,
> >   and arm? I didn't see any FTBFS bugs, are they just waiting to be
> >   built or is there some other reason?
> According to
>   http://people.debian.org/~igloo/status.php?packages=dctrl-tools
> they are all "building".  According to
>   http://buildd.debian.org/build.php?arch=&pkg=dctrl-tools
> they have all finished a successful build.
> Probably it's just that uploading is currently impossible due to the
> ftp-master problem.

Ahh, Ok.

> >   2. #440348 is marked done, should that be closed? Or is that
> >   pending testing or inclusion into all archs, or something else?
> The problem is that some arches still contain the non-fixed package in
> unstable.  Not our problem.

I suspected that.

> >   3. I think a good place to start would be updating/maintaining the
> >   debian/ directory. That will allow me to get a good handle on how
> >   things are built and how everything works.
> If you plan to do any reorg there, try to do it separately from fixing
> bugs, so it is easy to verify that the reorg doesn't introduce new ones.
> Please post nontrivial patches before pushing.

No problem.

> >   4. There definitely needs to be a tutorial of some sort. The man pages
> >   are thorough, but a bit confusing to a user who has never used
> >   grep-dctrl before and just wants a quick do-this-to-make-it-work
> >   example (or I'm just an idiot, that possibity always exists). I think a
> >   tutorial and manpage updates would be time well spent, and it would knock
> >   out a few wishlist bugs at the same time.
> Have fun :)
> I'm probably going to continue going through the sources looking for
> sloppy code.  I have a slight refactor in mind that would make the code
> better and also allow one other tool that I've been planning for years.
> My current thought is to do a package freeze sometime around New Year so
> the package is in the best shape possible before lenny freezes.  New
> development would take place in experimental after that (and if lenny is
> delayed for a long time, we can always move it back to unstable).  Any
> comments?

That sounds like a fine plan to me, I'd better get to work ;)

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