"New maintainer" address dead? & misc. questions
As you may be aware, I have recently created some packages for Debian as I
felt it was something I could do to contribute. As documented in the policy
manual, I sent an e-mail to the firstname.lastname@example.org address. I did this
some time back already (indicating that I would be having packages to upload
soon), and about a week ago, sent another message indicating that I had
packages ready to upload.
I haven't received any response back at all. Is the new-maintainer address
dead, and if so, who should I contact to ask for appropriate permissions on
For those that are curious, I currently have the following packages ready to
upload. Until I get them uploaded, they will be stored on my webpage at
* modemu 0.0.1-1, a modem emulator. Lets you telnet to sites using a
modem communications program like Minicom or Seyon.
* netmaze 0.81-1, a 3-D graphical multiplayer combat game for X. You
can network it, design custom mazes, and even use robots. Comes
with some sample mazes and robots.
* FileRunner 2.1.2-1, an excellent X-based FTP program and file
* WhirlGif 2.01-1, a program to generate animated or multi-part
GIFs, esp. for use on the Web.
* LinCity 1.00-1, an excellent city/county building game. Very good!
Animation, etc. Includes both console-mode (SVGALib) and X
versions. A spin-off of the commercial game with a similar name.
If anybody spots anything wrong with these packages, let me know -- this is
the perfect time to fix it! :-)
Also while I've got your attention, I have another question. In the policy
manual, it states to mail debian-devel before doing a package. I did so
before doing those first packages listed, and I got some comments saying
"don't do this, it generates unnecessary traffic" and others saying "thanks
for letting us know what is being done" (paraphrased, of course). So I don't
really know what is expected. Also I am still going to be doing a "midiplay"
package (midiplay, or mp, is a MIDI player that is an alternative to playmidi).
Now I have a few questions regarding the LinCity game that I have packaged.
It comes with both SVGALib and X versions. Currently, I made one package that
has both. Is it preferred that I make three separate packages instead (common
data, SVGALib binary, X binary)? SVGALib programs generally need to be
installed setuid and/or setgid root to work. This has been done with the
SVGALib version of LinCity. Is this proper? Also, since it is all one big
package, I used the dpkg-shlibdeps on both the X and SVGALib versions,
therefore generating a Depends line with both of them in there. I would like
to be able to say "xlib6 | svgalib1" but I cannot figure out how to do that
with dpkg-shlibdeps program. Ideas on this anyone?
Finally, a general question. The policy manual states that a file called
/usr/doc/packagename/copyright should be created with the copyright info of
the package. But a lot of packages have copyright info in
/usr/doc/copyright/packagename. Which is the correct method?
John Goerzen | Running Debian GNU/Linux (www.debian.org)
Custom Programming |
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