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RFC: First attempt to package BaseX XML Database


i tried to package 'BaseX - An XML Database' [1],[2] for Debian and produced a first set of package files that can be found on 


The maven-*-helper tools from Ludovic Claude were of great help. Thanks for those!

Since this is my first packaging experience, I would like to ask for some comments if I could improve something before I try to find a sponsor.

The package provides:

$ apt-cache show basex
Package: basex
Status: install ok installed
Priority: optional
Section: database
Installed-Size: 2272
Maintainer: Alexander Holupirek <alex@holupirek.de>
Architecture: all
Version: 6.5.1-1
Depends: java-wrappers, default-jre | java6-runtime
Description: XML database and XPath/XQuery processor
 BaseX is a very fast and light-weight, yet powerful XML database and
 XPath/XQuery processor, including support for the latest W3C Full Text and
 Update Recommendations. It supports large XML instances and offers a highly
 interactive front-end (basexgui). Apart from two local standalone modes, BaseX
 offers a client/server architecture.
 The package provides following commands:
  * basexgui  .......  Standalone local XML database.
                           Graphical User Interface (GUI) mode.
                           Includes data visualizations and XQuery editor.
  * basex  ..........  Standalone local XML database. Command line mode.
  * basexserver  ....  XML database server
  * basexclient  ....  XML database client
Homepage: http://basex.org


[1] http://basex.org
[2] ITP 588216 http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=588216

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