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Re: Questions before RFS

On Thursday, October 08 2015, Andreas Tille wrote:

> Hi Sergio,

Hey Andreas,

> On Thu, Oct 08, 2015 at 02:03:49AM -0400, Sergio Durigan Junior wrote:
>> I am finishing packaging SleepyHead
>> (<http://sleepyhead.sourceforge.net/wiki/>, ITP on Bug#780060), and
>> Andreas kindly suggested that I put the package under the Debian Med
>> umbrella (which I obviously accepted).  However, before proceeding with
>> the Request for Sponsorship I would like to ask a few questions.
> Most of them were answered by Afif - I try to cover the remaining ones.

Thanks to both of you, by the way.

>> 0) While looking at the git repositories, I found
>> <http://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/debian-med/sleepyhead.git/>.  I assume
>> this means that someone (Ulisses S. Freitas, probably) started an
>> attempt to package the software, but apparently never finished it.  I
> I checked this out and noticed that this is rather a clone of the
> upstream Git and very small changes to our existing packaging template.

Yeah; the files under debian/ are all templates and don't really work.

>> could not find any message/ITP related to this attempt;
> This might (or might not) be related to my habit also delay an ITP until
> I'm really sure I can finish the package.  Since chances are low that
> several people at the same time are working on the same package I take
> the freedom to derive from the usual practice for the simple reason to
> avoid ITPs bitrotting inside BTS.

Sure thing, no problem about that.  There was an RFP for the package
(which I then turned into an ITP), that's why I decided to check with
you first (in case you have missed the RFP).  But I'm glad we've sorted
this out.

>> is this OK to
>> proceed with my (almost complete) efforts?  I am copying Ubiratan on
>> this message.
>>From my perspective it is OK to drop the old repository since it is
> basically a single commit from 1.5 years ago with obviously no further
> interest.  And I would really remove the old repository since I would
> recommend to use the default packaging scheme with pristine-tar due to
> the fact that you need to remove files from the upstream tarball.

Yeah, great, I was going to propose to recreate the repository from
scratch indeed.  So here's my next question, then: do I have the
necessary rights to do it on git.debian.org?  I would assume that only
admins are allowed to delete repositories there.  (Unfortunately I can't
test now because I'm waiting on Alioth to refresh its knowledge about my
ssh pubkey).

>> 4) This one should probably go to debian-mentors, but I'll take my
>> chances here.  SleepyHead is shipped with some bundled libraries, which
>> I already removed from the compilation process in order to meet our
>> policy.  However, their files are still in the tree (specifically a
>> "jquery.js" file that is causing a lintian error)).  I tried using the
>> "Files-Excluded:" directive on debian/copyright, without success.  I've
>> seen that Andreas got involved in the discussions about implementing
>> Files-Excluded, so I would like to know: what is the right thing to do
>> in this case?  My current plan (not implemented yet) is to create a new
>> repository with "gbp import-orig" while providing the "--filter="
>> parameter to not import the bundles.  Any other suggestion?
> I'd like to stress Afif's suggestion to use Files-Excluded.

Absolutely, I'll keep the Files-Excluded there (I wasn't planning to
remove it anyway), and I'll manually delete the unnecessary files for

>> Well, I guess that's it.  Thanks for the time and patience.
> You are welcome.  Feel free to keep on asking here if not all your
> questions might have answered properly.

Thanks, much appreciated!

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