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Re: 'unsupported packages' (was Re: uugetty?)

Manfred Wassmann writes ("Re: 'unsupported packages' (was Re: uugetty?)"):
> On Tue, 7 May 1996, Craig Sanders wrote:
> > Here's a suggestion:
> > If you're going to go to the trouble of compiling a missing program
> > for your system, it's only a few extra steps to add the debian control
> > files.  Then you can share your work with the rest of the debian user
> > community.
> > 
> > Doing this is fairly easy for most programs...large packages like base
> > and libc are probably quite involved & difficult but something small
> > like getty_ps should be easy.
> It didn't seem so to me because getty-ps may conflict with agetty and 
> mgetty. And it is easy to mess up your inittab by replacing a getty so 
> you might not be able to login.

IMO a getty-ps or uugetty package shouldn't do any of these things.
It should just install a separate getty-ps binary, and let the
sysadmin do what they want with it.

> I don't have any information about Package maintenance yet.
> What would you suggest to start with? What information sources are 
> recommended?

Read the source for the hello package, and the Debian packaging
guidelines (guidelines.info, from a recent dpkg).


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