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Re: gnome-app-install (super-easy package manager) prototype

Le jeudi 28 septembre 2006 06:51, Jason Spiro a écrit :
> Hi all,
> My question is in the last paragraph of this email.
> Progress note:
> I am working on a port of gnome-app-install to Debian. This utility,
> made by the folks at Canonical Inc. and Ubuntu, is like Synaptic, but
> ten times easier to use.

Good news, it's fine for noobs :-)

> It currently does the job but does not always quit after an install
> operation is finished. Known issues include internationalization,
> missing icons, the OK button and it currently fails if you try to
> install anything in non-free. (If you try it, it'd be great if you could
> let me know, either here or by email, whether the icons in the
> Popularity column look like little stars or little X-squares. You can
> install it using the following sources.list lines:)

I'll have a look, dunno if I can help...

> deb http://www.jspiro.com/files/debian experimental/
> deb-src http://www.jspiro.com/files/debian experimental/

Why don't you upload it to mentors.debian.net ?

> I am frustrated at the various bugs I'm seeing but I don't want to give
> up, as I want gnome-app-install to be in Debian. If you would like to
> finish packaging the app and take over maintainership, I'd be very glad
> to stop here and explain to you the changes I've made already.

Don't forgive, if people would have stop each time they thought it's too hard, 
GNU/Linux would not exists ;-)

I can help you for the packaging for sure, and maybe for the port. If it's not 
enough we should run a project @ alioth en try to find some other 
developpers !

> Now for my question:
> I am working from an upstream .tar.gz file from Ubuntu. The upstream
> tarball includes .pyc files too, not just .py files.  My .diff.gz does
> not touch the .pyc files when applied to the upstream source. Will this
> be a problem when people try to apply the .diff?

Hmmm... Here is what I think. There are two case :

 * The original apps is only for ubuntu, you had to makes LOTS OF change in it 
to get it runnng on Debian. Then I would suggest to fork the project, so 
you'll recreate a new tarball.

 * The patches are not su huge and you can handle them through dpatch or 
quilt. Just leave the upstream tarball as it was but DO NOT INSTALL pyc 
files. (and report the issue to upstream).

> Thanks for being here to listen.
> Jason Spiro

NP, Adam.

> --
> The church is near but the road is icy; the bar is far away but I will
> walk carefully.
>                 -- Russian Proverb

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