Re: looking for sponsor - giac, computer algebra system
Many thanks for your review!
> Have you read the new maintainers guide, and had a look at the
> developers' reference?
Yes, at least once. But it's true that I should read them
carefully these days...
> I had a look at it, and there are some problems:
> - The program is packaged as Debian native. This shouldn't be, it should
> have an orig.tar.gz and a diff.gz.
Bernard (upstream author) expressed his intention of including the
"debian" subdirectory in the upstream tree. In fact, he maintains
deb packages of Giac for Quantian (a mathematical-oriented Knoppix
derivate) but didn't have the time for a careful observation of
Debian policies [I'm wondering wheter I have that time, myself].
Note that Bernard's "debian/" and my "debian/" are not perfectly
synchronized. I assume you suggest that I remove "debian/" from
upstream giac-0.3.0.tar.gz to build a new giac-0.3.0.tar.gz that
will become the orig.tar.gz.
> - debian/changelog has entries that don't sound very useful ["No
> original manpages" - this sentence no verb ;-)].
Ok, I'll remove this.
> - README.Debian could be better, too - it's not interesting for users
> that you should split the package, that you have found an upstream bug
> (if writing that at all, then also mentioned that you have actually
> submitted it upstream), and that dpkg-buildpackage can regenerate the
> package. Besides, the lines got messed up.
An example of the "desynchronization". I mistakenly included Bernard's
README.debian. I'll fix this for the next time.
> - as for the rest, it is currently compiling, and since this seems to
> take quite long I'm sending this mail before it's finished.
Again, thank you very much for your advice.