[Pkg-octave-devel] RFP bugs and Git workflow

Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso jordigh at octave.org
Sun Aug 21 14:31:57 UTC 2011

2011/8/21 Sébastien Villemot <sebastien.villemot at ens.fr>:

> I was looking at the RFP bugs that are related to Octave and there
> are four such, for the following Octave Forge packages: java¹,
> jhandles² tcl-octave³ and quaternion.⁴
> The last release of "quaternion" and "tcl-octave" was in 2009, so I
> don't know they are still maintained.

They are not. I wouldn't bother with those unless you want to become
their upstream.

> "java" seems well maintained, and browsing the web there seem to be
> potentially several users of Debian and Debian-derivatives who could
> benefit from it being packaged.

Yes, the Java package is relevant and frequently used. I think this
one is worth maintaining.

> "jhandles" is not on Octave-forge: has it been deprecated?

Yeah, jhandles has been abandoned by its author and the not so new
anymor handle graphics system in Octave is now preferred.

> Also, concerning the packaging workflow, and following a previous
> discussion, I would like to know if it is ok if I use
> git-buildpackage and its recommended workflow for my future work.⁵

Yes. I did that for the octave-symbolic package following
recommendations from someone in #octave-mentors, but I haven't been
able to understand what I did, so I haven't been able to reproduce it.
However, once a package is in git-buildpackage state, it's very easy
to maintain, so I recommend you do it for these.

- Jordi G. H.

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