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Re: How to get a new palo source package into unstable?

Hello Helge!

On Sat, Jan 11, 2014 at 10:37:52PM +0100, Helge Deller wrote:
> as you might have noticed, we did huge progress on the HPPA (PA-RISC) port:
> http://buildd.debian-ports.org/stats/

Indeed. Congratulations on that! I'm glad to see the HPPA port coming
back to life. I'd love to test it myself, but the only PA-RISC machine
that I currently know of which is in my vicinity is located inside a
laboratory at my physics department and it's still running HP-UX.
Might be that it gets scrapped soon and replaced with something more
fancy so that I can get hold of it, who knows ;).

> In order to be able to boot parisc machines, the hppa port needs the "palo" debian package.
> "PALO" is the "PA-RISC boot loader" and a boot-loader-image generator, similar to 
> "lilo" on i386 or "silo" on sparc.

Or "aboot" on the Alpha machines.

> I've continued to maintain and further develop palo.
> The new palo git repository is now at:
> git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/deller/palo.git
> and the source should compile and run on all plattforms.
> A simple checkout and dpkg-buildpackage should work.

Thank you very much for doing this (and the hard work of bringing the
buildds back to life). Even though I currently don't own a PA-RISC
machine, I'm very glad that someone took care of it, such that owners
of these machines can still use it with a current Debian release.

> Since I'm not a debian-developer, I don't know how to get this package into debian unstable again.
> What is the usual process to get a new/old package back into debian unstable? 
> Maybe someone of you who has a debian developer rights is willing to upload the 
> source package?

I'm a Debian Developer with full upload permissions to the archive and
would absolutely love to help you get the boot loader (and any other
possibly necessary packages) back into Debian.

The best is to have the package(s) uploaded to Debian Mentors [1] so I
can grab them from there and review them, send you suggestions on
improving them and finally upload them.

Plus, it would be nice to have access to a PA-RISC machine myself so I
can perform a test build and inspect the finished package. Would that
be possible?

PS: I have noticed that the HPPA builds never include the build log,
    for example radeontop [2]. Would it be possible to have these
    enabled as well, so we can easily find out what went wrong when a
    build failed?



> [1] http://mentors.debian.net/
> [2] http://buildd.debian-ports.org/status/package.php?p=radeontop&suite=sid

 .''`.  John Paul Adrian Glaubitz
: :' :  Debian Developer - glaubitz@debian.org
`. `'   Freie Universitaet Berlin - glaubitz@physik.fu-berlin.de
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