Re: 2nd call for help
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On 9 Mar 1998, James Troup wrote:
> [ This is definitely not appropriate for debian-private ]
Could you explain to me what debian-private is, then? The
developers reference describes it only as a "developers only" mailing
list, the mailing-lists.txt says only that it covers
developers-to-developers issues, and I can find no other reference to
it in the other documentation.
> Why is it going to contrib? Last time I checked packages without
> source went in non-free, not contrib.
Because source is in fact provided (it's in the iraf-common
package, actually, full binaries are in iraf-ibin and iraf-noaobin) --
and in fact some of the source is used on-the-fly by the main program
- -- but it's a royal mess and very difficult get get to compile in a
single pass without a lot of manual intervention. There was no way I
was going to be able to write conformant Makefiles before the code
freeze, so I shifted it from main to contrib so I could get it in at
all. I used the .changes file from the iraf-common segment because I
thought that this would be more or less visible from the description.
Yeah, I know. I've been told before that I picked way too
complicated a package for my first attempt.
> How did you generate this .changes file? It's hosed. Also it needs
> to be PGP signed before dinstall will even consider it.
By hand, from the descriptions in the policy manual, developers
reference and packaging manual. Dinstall didn't complain about the
lack of a signature and the manuals gave me to believe that the
signature was required for the posting to the mailing list and the
uploads to Chiark/Erlangen, but not for Master.
Thanks. I tried that, and it does look a lot closer to the stuff posted
to debian-changes, upon inspection. Dupload still doesn't like it,
though. Bruce has suggested that there's a problem with not having the
original .tar.gz file.
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