Re: Packaging effort for Perl Debs
On Oct 28, 2005, at 10:38 AM, Simon Waters wrote:
It looks like it requires quite some knowledge of the Debian packaging
system, not least because all the easy stuff appears to be automated
leaving only the difficult stuff (eek).
I'm assuming from the limited number of packages in the CPAN debs
repository (and Debian), that either it is more difficult to automate
than it appears, or Jos was expecting a lot of Debian developers to
appear and take over the work, or possibly Jos uses cpanplus and has
all the debs he needs ;)
The only difficult part to automate are those packages that do
something outside of 'perl world' -- like require c libraries... it's
still automatable, but you have to have an if() statement per package
that needs something special, to fix it's needs.
Yes, i'm also expecting debian enthusiasts to hop on this sometime RSN,
but mind you what you see on debian.pkgs.cpan.org is right now labeled
experimental, to work out any last kinks it might have (it's been
announced in closed circles about 1 week ago).. it also requires the
bleading edge releases of CPANPLUS and CPANPLUS::Dist::Deb:
It ships a little tool called cpan2dist, which generates the contents
of debian.pkgs.cpan.org (or your own mirror if you like), in under 30
minutes. See it's help message for elaborate examples.
The maintenace for me is currently not more than cronning that script.
And for others, it would not require knowledge of dpkg & friends, as
that's what the module does for you.
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