Sponsor for a bootstrapping Java++ compiler
I am the upstream author of the Nice language, which is an extension of
Java with many advanced features. It is released under the GPL.
Being a faithful Debian user, I started building and distributing debian
packages for the compiler a few month ago. The compiler is now getting
stable, and the user base is growing, so I would be glad to see it enter
Debian itself. So I have reviewed again the package creation process,
reread the different policies (Debian and Java). It seems OK to me, so
it would be great to get comments from experienced Debian developers.
I made the package available at: http://nice.sourceforge.net/debian/
I am looking for a sponsor for this package.
A few notes:
The package cannot yet be built entirely with free tools (it needs a JVM
at build time to run the bootstrap compiler). It works with kaffe from
CVS, but not 1.0.7, so I hope there will be a new release soon. I also
made bug reports to sablevm and gcj upstream. So either way, hopefully a
free solution will be there soon. Before that, is it possible to
build-depend on j2re1.3 | j2re1.4 ? I see that eclipse does that, and is
in contrib. Though I wonder how the autobuilder can handle this, since
the blackdown packages are not in in the Debian archives at all.
The compiler is partly written in itself, so it needs a working version
to build it and bootstrap. I suppose the right way to handle this is to
include the necessary jar in the source (I think the ocaml package also
Being both the upstream author and the packager, the debian/ durectory
is in the main CVS repository, and I produced a native Debian package,
using cvs-buildpackage. Is that OK? (I read an old thread about this,
which seemed positive).
There could still be packaging-only changes in the future, which would
only increase the revision number (omitted for the main releases).
Thanks for your help,