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Re: Blends+Mr (was: Re: Mass-removing myself from Uploaders)

Le Mon, May 25, 2009 at 06:09:58PM +0200, David Paleino a écrit :
> On Mon, 25 May 2009 23:01:08 +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> > I am sure that there would be a lot of experience and kudos to gain by helping
> > us to establish a ‘blends+mr’ workflow. Actually, current progresses are slow
> > enough that you could take easily the leadership :)
> Where can I read more about this?

Hi David,

sorry for ignoring you for a week. I have a stupid ‘last-in-first-out’ for my
mailbox, and got a sudden burst new emails :)

  [Actually, if somebody knows a way to move emails up and down in the otherwise
  date-sorted and threaded mailbox display of Mutt, it would help me to use
  smarter reply strategies.]

I have summarised my thoughts about Blends and ‘mr’ in the following email:
‘http://lists.debian.org/debian-med/2009/05/msg00035.html’;. Here are extra

With the availability of ‘debcheckout’, it is possible to check out our
packages individually in a very easy way. To get them all in one command, it is
possible to do a ‘svn checkout’ on the whole package directory of our
Subversion repository. There are nevertheless corner cases:

 - First, some packages very popular among our users are not maintained in our
   repository but in other's, in particular Debichem's, Debian Science's and
   the Perl team's.

 - Second, if we start to use Git, we can not have one command to check out all
   the packages, as the paradigm there is to have one package per commit.

I investigated the possibility to maintain a ‘mr’ configuration file in our
Subversion repository, that people would check out and use to then check out
all the packages we distribute in our Blend metapackages. This comes with the
drawback that the repository containing the mr configuration file and the
checked out repositories are difficult to move after. 

This is why I am now thinking that a more suitable alternative would be to have
a tool that can (re-)generate a mr configuration file using the Ultimate Debian
Database and a Blends task file (these files contain or should contain the VCS
information of prospective packages). In addition, it would save the time of
having to maintain a reference configuration file by hand :)

Such a tool would not only be useful to Debian Med, but to the Blends
communauty in general, and is a good excuse to learn the UDD.

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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