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Re: What to do with draft packages?


On 08/04/2010 09:41 AM, Andreas Tille wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 04, 2010 at 01:31:22PM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
>> This said, other people may be intersted in the draft packages, or even
>> volunteer to finish them, so I wonder how much it would make sense to share
>> them in a places such as ssh://git.debian.org/git/debian-med/drafts or
>> svn://svn.debian.org/svn/debian-med/trunk/packages/drafts.
> I think we just have such stuff in our SVN (I'm partly responsible by
> myself for some of them) and I do not really consider this as a problem. 
> I also do not think that we should create a drafts subhierarchy because
> on our web sentinel we are linking sometimes to such packaging efforts.
> So moving things around in SVN is not a good idea. 
> My suggestion would be to keep everything which might be relevant in SVN
> but mark it clearly for instance by droping a file (for instance DRAFT)
> in the main directory of this package and add a short explanation why
> the person who started this draft did not finalised this as a real
> package.
Andreas once took the effort to move my collection of draft
packages from a past home page of mine over to to Debian Med,
and funnily enough this has indeed helped me 5 years later :)
> In principle we could drop such a file
> echo "Did not even find time to write a DRAFT file" > DRAFT
Could do, but I think we have "UNRELEASED" in the
changelog for this and the README.Debian that could
summarise the packaging status accordingly.

For some other bits I once asked for the pkg-escience
project, just knowing that none of the packages would
be of a quality sufficient for an upload in any reasonable
time. Biojava has since moved from there. Other bits
still remain. I personally am extremely happy to have
this rogue repository as a fits it all backup, Andreas is
less so.

Please upload your drafts, I am certain someone will benefit.



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