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[Gnewsense-dev] handling packages

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: [Gnewsense-dev] handling packages
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 22:55:19 +1000

hi all,
I've been thinking about how to handle packages we create for us, and
what to do with packages we derive from debian.

I'm leaning towards a structure like:

  mrconfig (incase we need one)

etc, and not carrying source for things in bzr. We'd need to make sure
any package possible has a working get-orig-source script or target, but
i think that is feasible, especially since a lot of stuff we free will
be freed from debian anyway. if uscan can report out of date packages
for us it'll be better then me forgetting to manually check as happens

What i've got locally to test this is an apt/ in bzr.
$ cd srccache/packages-parkes/
$ ls
total 8.0K
drwxr-xr-x 3 kgoetz kgoetz 4.0K Jun 22 16:58 apt
drwxr-xr-x 3 kgoetz kgoetz 4.0K Jun 22 19:01 cia-clients
$ \ls apt/debian/gnewsense/
clean-upstream  get-debian-source  watch

clean-upstream makes the changes needed for our freedom requirements,
get-debian-source downloads the source and runs the clean script, and
the watch file (standard format as used by debian) specifies where to
get the source.

Note that a script to clean its not necesary (but still desirable?),
but we have to make sure whatever we are repacking is properly free
before we ship it on :)

I've not pushed that branch public as its still in the 'hm, could do
this' stage, but any thoughts on the idea?

Karl Goetz, (Kamping_Kaiser / VK5FOSS)
Debian contributor / gNewSense Maintainer
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