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Re: Vasyl Gello: Declaration of intent to become a DC+account

Hi All,

Mattia Rizzolo <mattia@debian.org> ezt írta (időpont: 2020. máj. 26., K, 18:33):
> On Tue, May 26, 2020 at 12:30:25PM +0000, Vasyl Gello wrote:
> > Having 19.0 with new features like PVR catchup support available only
> > on Ubuntu made me to package it for buster/amd64.  Now I run the
> > intranet private repo which allows me to update Kodi on my local hosts
> > in unattended mode.
> >
> > Later on, I decided to reach Balint & offer the patches I prepared for
> > 19.0. He told me to register on Salsa and make a merge request against
> > experimental branch. Also he motivated me to start packaging stuff
> > because Kodi 18 uses Python2 which is deprecated and Kodi 19 uses
> > Python3.
> Nice, this is very commandable.  In fact, it's very similar to the
> reason I got into Debian back then (I wanted a better scribus :P).
> > I filed the ITPs and RFSs for libshairplay & libudfread because Balint
> > mentioned he has no sponsoring rights.
> I'm very confused about "Balint has no sponsoring rights".  Balint is a
> DD and a member of the multimedi team, and as such he has all the rights
> needed to sponsor packages.
> Perhaps you mean that he no spare time?
> Reading fully now (for the first time, sorry) your original mail in
> -multimedia I read this from Balint:
>     2. I can help with upgrading Kodi to 19.x in unstable and with staging
>     it in experimental, but I can't commit myself to sponsoring uploads to
>     buster-backports. Please find someone who can help you with that.
> Which means that he _can_ help you get all of your packages uploaded.
> Though, probably, he is running low on time like many others.

Yes, this is accurate. I can and be happy to do one-off sponsoring, I
can't commit to do new regular activities, I'm sorry.

> For myself, I could handle a couple of RFSes, but the time I can
> dedicate to Debian is even thinner than usual these months so I really
> can't look after a whole stack of packages I know nothing about. :(
> If you think you hit a wall in finding sponsors (or anything else,
> really) for a particular package feel free to mail me privately as I'm
> most likely to not pick up general requests myself.
> > For the reason of no replies in debian-multimedia, I started filing requests on my own
> I think that's the right path, yes!!
> > I will close the request later on and fix remaining package todos :)
> I think the only decent path forward for you is to slowly crunch through
> the list of packages that make up Kodi, likely just working closely with
> Balint (and/or others) to have everything uploaded to experimental.
> When it comes the time to backport everything feel free to head to
> debian-backports@lists.d.o: usually people there do reply when somebody
> asks for directions on uploading to backports.  Either there or
> debian-mentors@.  Uploading a backports is comparatively a much much
> easier task than sponsoring to unstable/experimental, so that's actually
> the easiest step of everything.

I'd like to add that while experimental is the proper place for
staging 19.x uploads for unstable (since the major release update will
start a transition) I would like to avoid doing many git snapshot
iterations in experimental because experimental is a global resource
and every kodi upload generates ~350MB of binary packages per
architecture (archived at https://snapshot.debian.org forever).
For checking architecture-specific issues I use Launchpad PPAs like
Kodi upstream for providing backports [1] . PPAs are not full
substitutes for porterboxes, but they are much easier to get access to
:-). I use Ubuntu's development series as a close approximation of
unstable when preparing new Kodi uploads and that works fairly well.


[1] https://launchpad.net/~team-xbmc/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

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