[I sent this earlier but never saw it appear...]
I've seeking comments about the structure of the emacs-goodies-el source
package, which currently produces the following packages:
emacs-goodies-el Miscellaneous add-ons for Emacs
emacs-goodies-extra-el Miscellaneous add-ons for Emacs -- extra dependencies
devscripts-el Emacs wrappers for the commands in devscripts
debbugs-el Access the Debian BTS from within Emacs
dpkg-dev-el Emacs-related Debian development helpers
gnus-bonus-el Miscellaneous add-ons for Gnus
I want to restructure these packages. I intend to leave `devscripts-el'
and `gnus-bonus-el' alone, giving control over devscripts-el' to its
upstream author Junichi Uekawa and find someone who uses gnus to take
care of `gnus-bonus-el'.
That leaves 4 packages. Here's what I'm thinking:
- `emacs-goodies-extra-el' currently holds elisp packages that depend on
other Debian packages. It only contains:
dict.el: wrapper around the 'dict' command.
and depends on `dict'. I will be adding `newsticker' soon, which
depends on `wget'.
I'd like to merge these files into `emacs-goodies-el' and move the
`Depends' to `Recommends'. That would kill off one small package that is
often overlooked by users.
- Ben Pfaff said he's willing to kill off his debview package and let me
merge deb-view.el into emacs-goodies-el, which also contains:
apt-sources.el: major mode for editing Debian sources.list files;
apt-utils.el: interface to APT (Debian package management);
In a similar Debian theme, the package `debbugs-el' contains:
debian-bug.el, an Emacs command to submit a bug report.
gnus-BTS.el, an enhancement to Gnus to provide buttons on bug
numbers seen in Debian-related messages.
Perhaps I should kill the `debbugs-el' package and create a `debian-el'
package for Debian user tools to hold the five files?
There's also dpkg-dev-el, which I thought of keeping separate because it
holds files of interest mostly to Debian developers:
debian-bts-control.el: builds firstname.lastname@example.org email messages;
debian-changelog-mode.el: a helper mode for Debian changelogs;
debian-control-mode.el: a helper mode for debian/control files;
debian-copyright.el: major mode for Debian package copyright files.
readme-debian.el: major mode for editing README.Debian files.
It could be argued that `debian-changelog-mode.el' is also useful for
Debian users because it highlights bugs and lets users click on them.
But perhaps there should be a diminished user mode without the editing
Should I keep `dpkg-dev-el' and `debbugs-el'|`debian-el' as separate
packages? Or merge them into a single mega `emacs-goodies-el' binary
package (with separate sections in its Info manual)?
Any comments are appreciated.