How to become maintainer of a package???
I have been a user of Debian for years now. I have been wanting to
contribute something back to the project, but haven't had the time
because I was doing a PhD. I have just submitted my thesis (Yay!!!)
and suddenly have a bit more time on my hands!
There is a program I use for backups called Tbackup. It is a very
nice bit of software and released under GPL, so I was surprised to
find that there was no Debian package for it! Well, my idea is that I
could try and package this software for Debian and volunteer to
maintain it! Now I've never packaged anything before, and I don't
know much about the ins and outs of becoming a maintainer, hence this
email asking for some help. Perhaps people could tell me what I
should do, or what I should read.
One of the big advantages of Tbackup over other backup software I've
found, is that Tbackup includes error correction codes. This means
that if your backup ever gets a little corrupted, there's a good
chance it can recover anyway! This is functionality that tar and afio
Could people please reply directly to me, or cc a copy directly to me,
as I am not on the debian-devel mailing list.
P.S. The description for Tbackup is give below:
Title = Tbackup
Version = 0.9
Desc1 = Tbackup (three backup) is a user friendly, fault tolerant
Desc2 = package for making backups of a Linux filesystem. It is
Desc3 = primarily designed to make multi-megabyte backups to a set of
Desc4 = floppy disks. It has incremental backups, backup indexes,
Desc5 = selective restore, error correcting codes, and more.
Author = Koen Holtman
AuthorEmail = firstname.lastname@example.org
Site1 = ftp.win.tue.nl
Path1 = /pub/linux/tbackup
File1 = tbackup-0.9.tgz
Site2 = sunsite.unc.edu
Path2 = /pub/Linux/system/Backup
File2 = tbackup-0.9.tgz
Required1 = gcc, fdformat, gawk, gzip, afio version 2.4.2 or higher.
CopyPolicy1 = GNU GPL
Comment1 = Tbackup can make compressed archives, and unlike tar+compress
Comment2 = it can still deal with them if they are partially damaged.
Comment3 = Includes mtools 2.0.5 for internal use.
Keywords = tbackup backup floppy disk fault tolerant afio
Entered = 26APR98
EnteredBy = Koen Holtman
CheckedEmail = email@example.com
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