Proposal for the tools policy
According to the oppinions written in
http://wiki.debian.org/Games/ToolsDiscuss , and as I want to reach a consensus
as soon as possible, I want to make the following proposal for the packages
handled by the Games Team:
1) Use Debhelper, avoid CDBS.
Explanation: Every maintainer knows how to use DebHelper, as it is the
current de facto standard in Debian. CDBS and other packaging systems,
including packaging from scratch, make a difficult entry barrier for
new people in the group and for sponsors.
2) Use a patching system, preferably quilt but dpatch is also acceptable.
Explanation: If we don't modify the sources directly, we don't have to store
all of them in the versioning system. Having individual patches for
individual changes makes everything more clear. Using a patching system
instead of relaying in SVN logs makes the package analysis independent of
SVN. We won't make usage of the diff.gz files to store the changes to
3) Every modification to the orig file should be contained in the debian/
Explanation: If we keep the changes confined to that directory, we can
guarantee that the original sources won't be touched directly, and
everyone in the group can see at a glance which part belongs to Debian and
which belongs to upstream.
4) Only the debian/ directory should be stored in the SVN system.
Explanation: It makes it more clear to handle, download and work with.
5) Original tarballs should go to http://pkg-games.alioth.debian.org/tarballs/
Explanation: It makes more sense having them stored in a directory than in
SVN or a versioning system.
Any suggestion? What do you all think?
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