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Re: [Gnewsense-dev] Trying to master the Builder

From: Sam Geeraerts
Subject: Re: [Gnewsense-dev] Trying to master the Builder
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 23:47:40 +0200
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Dmitry Samoyloff schreef:

Recently, I've backported gnash-0.8.7 to the gNewSense-2.3 and Sam Geeraerts
suggested me to make a patch for the Builder. The documentation I've found is
somewhat sparse, so let me ask some questions here (please pardon me if they
are stupid, I'm a newbie in gNewSense development ;-)).

1. The page [1] seems to be relevant to my task, but it describes modifying
the version of package that is already in the original distro. I need to add a
newer version of the package (supposedly to the backports repo), not just a
patched revision of the existing one. Can somebody point me to the example of
such a change being done to the gNewSense already?

If you branched Builder in bzr you'll find the packages specific to gNewSense in the packages/deltah/ directory. Your case is unusual because it's not a completely new package. I don't think that's a problem.

2. Is it necessary to download all the GBs and rebuild everything else in a
distro to make my job done (adding a new version of a package to the backports

You don't need all of it, but you would need enough of the Ubuntu mirror to debootstrap a chroot environment + the build dependencies of the package(s) you want to build. I don't know of an automated way to do that.

Alternatively, you could limit yourself to hardy main (so not include -security/-updates/-backports and universe) in your debmirror. We don't do 64 bit, so you can skip amd64 in any case.

Yet another option is to just study the code and provide a patch (or steps to take) that you think will work. :)

Thanks in advance for your answers and patience :-)


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