my first package... loads of questions :)
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Greetings. I've just adopted an orphaned package (objpak), and I have
a couple of questions about what I do next.
1. I assume that it would be a good idea to update the package to use
debhelper, etc., and that there is no point in uploading it until
I do. Am I right?
2. Assuming that all I do (at the moment) is fix up the current
version, I should put it only in unstable, right? (It was
orphaned and thus not present in frozen.)
Those are the most immediate issues. However, there is another issue
I thought I would ask about.
There is a newer upstream release of the package, and as it
significantly expanded from the current debianized version, I want to
package it ASAP. However, because objpak is now a part of a complete
compiler system, the sources for the gcc-compatible version of it are
distributed separately. (It is not sufficient to simply package the
whole system, because Objective-C libraries are usually
The problem is that the distribution archive for these sources does
not contain any documentation, license, or indeed anything but source
and a makefile. All of that other stuff is in the big package, the
entirety of which is under LGPL.
So, what do I do in a case like this? Grab the documentation
et. al. out of the big package?
(Eventually I would like to package the whole thing, but that is a
much larger project than I want to undertake until I have done a few
smaller ones first :)
Rob Tillotson N9MTB Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
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