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Re: RFS: fritzing

2010/10/26 Scott Howard <showard314@gmail.com>
2010/10/24 Enrique Hernández Bello <ehbello@gmail.com>:
> What is the next step? :)
> --
> Enrique Hernández Bello

Hi Enrique,

I'm not a DD yet, but I learned a lot from sponsors being extremely
picky about my packages. Here are some comments for you to consider:

1) instead of CDBS and explicitly using quilt, would you consider
using source format 3.0 (quilt) and debhelper 7 [2]. It should make
your debian/rules simpler. It  appears that you are using source 3.0
(quilt), but you still have a debian/README.source and explicitly call
quilt in your debian/rules. Both of those are probably unnecessary.

CDBS is comfortable. Do you think that my debian/rules will be more simple without it?
2) in debian/rules you have this comment:
# dh_fixperms and override_dh_fixperms didn't work.
The reason it doesn't work is that you are not using debhelper 7 type
build system, but CDBS. See [2] for how to make debhelper 7 type

CDBS helper calls to debhelper orders. I don't know why dh_fixperms does not work.
3) Consider reformatting your debian/copyright to DEP-5 [3] (this is
nit-picking, but good form for a new package).

4) Consider formatting your patch descriptions to DEP-3 [4] (this too
is nit-picking, but good form for a new package).

DEP documents mentioned above are really nit-picking. Are they really useful?
5) Since this is the first debian release of your package, I would
remove all your debian/changelog entries except for:

fritzing (0.4.3b-1) unstable; urgency=low

 * Initial release (Closes: #601230)

This is your first release, and version 0.4.3b-1 makes sense to me as
the first debian packaging released.

If I don't increment the release number, I can't upload it to mentors repository. What do you suggest? What is the common way to version a "pre"-release package? Perhaps adding a suffix like "~mentors1"?

6) I like the control.in and debian/rules magic to have different
dependencies between debian and ubuntu. I haven't seen that before,
and it prevents a diff between the two.

Thanks! ;)
7) "$ lintian --pedantic -I" is clean.

Of the above comments, I think (5) is probably the most important. I
suggest doing 1-4 as an exercise in "good form"

[1] http://wiki.debian.org/Projects/DebSrc3.0
[2] http://www.debian.org/doc/maint-guide/ch-dreq.en.html#s-defaultrules
[3] http://dep.debian.net/deps/dep5/
[4] http://dep.debian.net/deps/dep3/

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Enrique Hernández Bello

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