Working source packages available
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 94 22:44 PDT
From: email@example.com (Daniel Quinlan)
> The base system in binary and source form will be soon to follow
> (along with the packages that I will be maintaining, such as GCC).
> We hope that the new package maintainers can have packages ready
> within a few weeks after this happens.
Please remember that Ian made the source distribution a major priority
in order to help the new package maintainers. I hope that this
planning will help shorten a "few weeks" somewhat.
Also, after this preliminary source distribution, the maintainers will
be in charge of their own source and making it available according to
the Debian guidelines.
I think that does it. Ian, did I get it all?
Yes. If you are fairly certain that you are the maintainer of a
package, then go ahead and download the appropriate package (or
packages) and start working on it. I've done some work on all of the
packages I uploaded, but most of them are not done. The source
guidelines will be fairly similar to the preliminary version posted a
few weeks ago; the most work comes from ensuring that the source
package generates the equivilant binary package, and this will still
be a requirement. If you do everything right, then after the new
guidelines are posted you should only have to make a few adjustments
to the Makefile (or the Makefile.in, if your package comes with a
configure script). I'll have the new source guidelines posted by
The binary packaging guidelines are changing quite a bit, so don't
even bother trying to make a binary package.
Ian Murdock <firstname.lastname@example.org>