[Pkg-xfce-devel] svn structure and 4.4 packaging

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at corsac.net
Wed Jan 4 19:27:42 UTC 2006

Jani Monoses wrote:
> Hello all
> I was reminded today that deleting packages from svn/trunk is not a good
> idea :)
> Even though all these days I have been commiting to trunk I did not
> combine this with
> the fact that those changes are meant for xfce 4.2.x packages in sid.
> So I'd like to propose a change in the way the svn is structured, not
> because I'm likely do repeat
> today's feat but because it makes more sense IMHO.
> -work on 4.2.x goes on on the branches named accordingly instead of trunk
> -trunk is branched to make a branches/4.3
> -trunk is changed only when those changes make sense for both lines of
> development, and then
> merged from trunk

Well, for me, trunk is the place where everything happens. At the
moment, everything is 4.2.x, so trunk should be 4.2.x. When it'll be
time to work on 4.3, we'll see (and possibly copy trunk to branches/4.2
and continue working on trunk).

> 4.4 packaging
> for the April release of ubuntu I'd like to get at least parts of 4.4
> included (panel especially)

I don't want to be rude, but this is *debian* packaging. Sure we want
ubuntu and debian to work hand in hand. But here, priorities shouldn't
be ubuntu. And I don't think we want to stress ourselves to respect
ubuntu timeline.

> this means I'd like as much testing as possible before release so I'll
> make 4.3 packages from
> the xfce4.3 daily snapshots

I don't know if packaging daily snapshots is a good idea. Same for
thunar and exo. Daily snapshots move fast, and are useful for quick
testing, not for packaging. The time it reaches the archive, it'll be
outdated. Sure it's great if there are lots of tests, but I don't know
if it's worth the work.

> I think this would also make sense for debian experimental so if others
> are interested too it would be
> nice to have this in your svn as well
> The preferred method of ubuntu packaging is using as much from debian
> and work with debian if possible

yes, i'm ok with this

> to avoid too many gratuitous differences, and uploads to experimental
> would be fine with me to sync from

i can't upload, so i don't know the work overhead, but uploading daily
snapshots to experimental for all xfce packages seems a bit too much.
> what do you say?
I think we should wait for pre-releases (if any), and at least to wait
for a sign of Xfce dev. Panel moves too quickly at the moment (so does
thunar) to make a package.

What are other saying ? :)

Yves-Alexis Perez
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