[Pkg-chromium-maint] Chromium in Sid

Jonathan Nieder jrnieder at gmail.com
Sun May 23 09:29:49 UTC 2010

Hi Steve,

Steve Fishpaste wrote:

> In my opinion we should keep up with the new releases at least weekly.
> Is this on the agenda to do?

No, I do not think it is in the plans any time soon:

 - sid is used to stage versions that could potentially be used in
   some stable release.  I can’t see a more risky branch than the beta
   channel being used for this.

 - experimental is used to test iffy packaging changes before
   releasing them to sid.  To test the tip of trunk this way would
   rule out more short-lived packaging experiments, which may be
   needed now while the packaging is changing rapidly.

However, testing and developing from the tip of the development tree
can be useful for many reasons.  You have a couple of options.

 1. Build from source.  This is in my opinion your best choice,
    since if you run into problems this would make it very easy to
    test out patches.

    The packaging used for sid can also be used to build from the dev
    channel or other versions for that matter.  If you have any
    questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask.

 2. Use Fabien Tassin’s nightly builds ppa[1] from Ubuntu.  This is
    not the tip of the development tree but it is close.

Note that almost everything I said above goes for any other project
whose packaging is changing rapidly, too.  There is nothing wrong with
regularly building from source a few packages you follow closely, imho.

Hope that helps,

[1] https://launchpad.net/~chromium-daily/+archive/ppa

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