Re: RFS: trng
On 08/05/11 17:09, Alessandro Ghedini wrote:
On Sun, May 08, 2011 at 04:31:06PM +0200, Torquil Macdonald Sørensen wrote:
TRNG (Tina's Random Number Generator) is a very nice C++ parallel
pseudo-random number generator library that I use within my MPICH2
parallel computer programs on Debian Sid AMD64 on a dual-core
computer. They use Monte Carlo methods, so quality random number
generation is essential.
I'd like to maintain this very nice library as a Debian package, and
for that I need upload sponsorship. Parallel computing is becoming
more and more commonplace, and this is a very easy-to-use and
high-quality parallel pseudo RNG, and is actively maintained
Some required details:
1) Name of source package: trng. It will create the following binary
Debian packages: libtrng4-0, libtrng-dev, libtrng-dbg, libtrng-doc.
The doc-package contains a very comprehensive high-quality 128-page
2) The license is BSD (3-clause)
3) Short description:
Tina's (pseudo) Random Number Generator Library
4) Long description (taken from the upstream TRNG description):
Tina's Random Number Generator Library (TRNG) is a state of
the art C++ pseudo-random number generator library for
sequential and parallel Monte Carlo simulations. Its design
principles are based on a proposal for an extensible random
number generator facility, that will be part of the random
number generator facility of the forthcoming revision of
the C++ standard.
5) Can be obtained from:
and is "lintian clean".
6) Upstream URL: http://developer.berlios.de/projects/trng
7) PDF manual URL, for those that want to take a peek before
downloading the package: http://trng.berlios.de/trng.pdf
- The Vcs-* fields are commented. Remove them if you do not use any VCS
for maintaining your package.
- lintian warns (with -IE --pedantic options):
I: trng source: binary-control-field-duplicates-source field
"section" in package libtrng4-0
I: trng source: duplicate-short-description libtrng-dev libtrng4-0
- Do you really need to license your debian/ work under the GPL-3.0
license? Is (kind of) best practice to license the Debian-related stuff
under the same license as upstream.
- Please remove the "usr/lib/*.la" entry. *.la files removal was a
Squeeze release goal.
- Installing documentation/examples is better done using
dh_installdocs(1) and dh_installexamples(1).
- The intial comments can be removed.
- Your package Build-depends on autotools-dev but is not using it. Add
"--with autotools-dev" to the "dh $@" line.
- No need to override dh_auto_clean, just add the files you want to clean
in the debian/clean file.
- Why are you overriding dh_compress? According to Debian Policy,
additional documentation should be compressed unless it's small. Let
dh_compress decide wheter it is needed or not to compress it.
(also, compressed pdf.gz files are supported by most pdf readers, hence
there's no reason to not compress it)
- It may be a good idea to add a *.symbols  file for the libtrng4-0
package. See dpkg-gensymbols(1) for more info.
That's all, but there may be something more that I overlooked.
Note that I am not a DD therefore I can't sponsor you package.
Thanks, this is very useful! I did not think of trying to add "stricter" options
to lintian. I'll see what I can do with those warnings, and your other suggestions.
- RFS: trng
- From: Torquil Macdonald Sørensen <email@example.com>
- Re: RFS: trng
- From: Alessandro Ghedini <firstname.lastname@example.org>