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Re: Fwd: Bug#764549: ITP: siril -- Astronomical image processing tool

* Vincent Hourdin [2014-11-12 00:54:31 +0100]:
> On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 03:54:07PM +0100, Ole Streicher wrote:
> > Ubuntu automatically imports them from Debian, and Mint (as far as I
> > know) from Ubuntu. So, you don't need to do anything here.
> When you say automatically, does it mean without human intervention and
> as soon as it's available on the debian repositories?

I believe it happens at the first opportunity within the release cycle of
the importing distribution. Things are periodically frozen in preparation
for the next release, and obviously imports are not automatic at those times.

>                                                       As Sergio
> explained it, the packaging may differ between OS, so who will adapt it
> to Ubuntu and others?

If your package doesn't have any tight couplings to the parts of Debian
that the derivative distributions have customised significantly (e.g.,
the init system) the chances are that the automated rebuild from source
will do the right thing. Otherwise it becomes a job for the maintainer(s)
of the package in the derivative distribution (Ubuntu has a "MOTU team"
which I believe is the fallback maintainer for autoimported packages in
the "universe" repository). You can help them by filing/responding to bug
reports in their tracking system as the need arises; it's probably a good
idea to at least keep an eye on bug reports about your package in Launchpad.

> What is the general time frame of package acceptance by other OS?

See above. Ubuntu has a six-month release cycle (with something like a
two-month freeze if I recall correctly; you can look this up).

You can also provide packages yourself in a separate repository ("PPA"
in Ubuntu-speak) if that makes things easier.

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