[Pkg-mc-devel] Reorganisation of MC packaging team

Andreas Tille andreas at an3as.eu
Mon Feb 20 22:13:05 UTC 2012

On Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 08:20:45PM +0100, Yury V. Zaytsev wrote:
> > 2. Inject the latest upstream version into the new repository and
> >       verify which patches from previous Debian packaging should be
> >       applied.
> If I were starting from scratch I would have taken it as an opportunity
> to make brand new packaging basing upon dh7.
> Historically, the packaging was done with cdbs, but there were problems
> with it in the past, so now that dh7 is getting better and better every
> day I would go for it.

I would wholeheartedly support this.  I previousely used cdbs because it
was simplifying things a lot compared to previous very long rules files
but finding the proper tweaks was a real pain because of weak
documentation.  In contrast to cdbs using short dh notation of dh>=7
works like a charm is simple and clear and I'm converting close to every
package I'm touching to this which make packaging really simple.

I assume when you write dh7 you just mean the short dh command but for
the version I would tend to use debhelper (>= 8) and compatibility level
8, right?
> +1.

Thanks for the many "+1" I stripped in this mail. :-)
> > Any better plan to work on this goal is welcome as well.  I really
> > feel a big need for maintaining mc properly straight into Debian to
> > enable a simple migration to any derivative - mc is to important to
> > make its maintenance a pain for several people by reinventing
> > everything from scratch.
> Let me add to that:
> When it became clear that neither Patrick, nor Denis are active anymore
> and I took over the maintenance, I have spent a considerable amount of
> time triaging Ubuntu bugs and importing / upstreaming Ubuntu-specific
> patches that have been accumulated while the package was unmaintained.
> Finally, all of them have been dropped and autosync from Debian was
> enabled. Now, if you start maintaining the package in Ubuntu separately
> once again, it will soon enough diverge significantly from Debian...


> So I would strongly recommend trying to work with Debian first and keep
> Ubuntu version on autosync in order to prevent the duplication of
> efforts and lots of extra work to be done in the future.

Exactly this was my plan when writing my initial mail.

Good to know that our visions about future of mc packaging seem to fit

Kind regards



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