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Re: Requests to sponsor new library packages

On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 11:42:38PM +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> Sune Vuorela <nospam@vuorela.dk> writes:
> > On 2009-08-19, Ben Finney <ben+debian@benfinney.id.au> wrote:
> > > That's interesting, thank you for that perspective. What do you
> > > propose, then, for a maintainer who wants to get a new package into
> > > Debian, but that package requires one or more separately-packaged
> > > libraries that *also* need to be sponsored into Debian before the
> > > ???interesting??? package can go in?
> >
> > Request sponsorship together. And read up on library packaging.
> Matthew Palmer <mpalmer@debian.org> writes:
> > Put them all into the same (or linked) RFS.
> I obviously wasn't clear on this point: The library package is prepared
> *first*, to provide functionality needed by the dependent package.
> They're not ready for sponsorship together. What advice then?
> In my case, ‘fooapp’ needs ‘libbar’, which in turn needs ‘libbaz’. So,
> with only a limited amount of time, I work first on ‘libbaz’, and that
> package is ready for sponsorship before the others. Should I wait until
> all three are done — an indeterminate amount of time — before making an
> RFS for the ready-to-inspect ‘libbaz’?

Make an RFS if you like, but don't get all bent out of shape and chuck a
hissy fit on d-mentors if nobody does anything about it (because it's a
library package -- hard to do right, and utterly pointless without an
application to go with it).

- Matt

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