Debian package for OpenOffice.org SDK
Dear Debian community,
I wanted to announce that I consider to become the maintainer of a
debian package for the OpenOffice.org SDK. Just for the case, somebody
else is already working on this, even though I have not found anything
about this in the archives.
Being a Linux user since 1995 and a Debian user for a year or something
(don't ask me, why I needes so long to try Debian ;-), I currently try
to get aquainted with the NM process, the Debian development
environment. I am working on StarOffice for over 12 years now, mostly
in C++, and my current areas are the API and the OOoBean. I am the
project lead of http://api.openoffice.org too. Even with this
background, do not expect too much about my knowledge in Linux
development. As you most likely now, StarOffice (and I mostly build
StarOffice, not OpenOffice.org) uses a very special build environment
which does not have anything in common with a usual Linux build
environment - besides using gcc.
There is at least one specialty in the SDK for which I do not have a
good solution yet. The SDK contains a collection of examples which can
be build in a special build environment (but much simpler than the OOo
build environment). If we install these examples as a special user (or
root), a normal user will not be able to build these in the destination
directory tree unless we grant write rights to everybody (others) or
(better) a special group. But the better solution might be to copy the
examples into the user's space. The second issue about this is the
special build environment, set up by a "hand coded" configure skript.
This script might even not be needed in a pure Debian environment, thus
this might not really be an issue.
The conclusion is, the binary OOo SDK will be something in between a
source package and a binary package, of course build out of a real
source package. There are some other strange issues like this which
have to be addressed.
This just for a first information.