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Re: [Ring] Ring installation packages for Debian 8

From: bill-auger
Subject: Re: [Ring] Ring installation packages for Debian 8
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 01:00:02 -0500
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i should add that ring barely supports debian 9 or ubuntu today - the
ring package in debian main is from 2016 which i dont think will even
work anymore - the ubuntu 'universe' package is also over a year old
(20170803) so other than compiling from source, users must be subscribed
to the ring nightly repos to have a current version

if all dependencies are still satisfiable in debian 8 and it can indeed
be compiled from source, then it could be packaged for debian 8 and
there is little reason not to do so because debian 8 is LTS and
supported until April 2020

when i read this email last week i was reminded that i have been
intending for some time to package ring on OBS to make it more widely
available but the only deb-src package i could find was the obsolete one
in debian from 2016 - there are some packaging scripts in the current
git source but those have not been updated since 2016 and i had numerous
problems trying to get them to actually build a package even for debian 9

for those who are not familiar with OBS, it is a build server that
automates the building and distribution of packages for many disparate
distros, including many popular distros that no one is packaging ring
for, such as:

* Fedora 27
* Debian 7 LTS (supported until May 2018)
* Debian 8 LTS (supported until April 2020)
* Ubuntu 14 LTS (supported until April 2019)
* various RPM distros such as Magia, Centos, Redhat

there is currently a repo on OBS that serves ring packages for opensuse
- i presented this idea to the maintainer about a year ago and offered
my help because he/she was having trouble at first but he/she did not
accept my help and is apparently only interested in packaging for
opensuse for some unknown reason - that instance can be easily cloned
and because most RPM distros use very similar packaging, the other RPM
distros mentioned above would probably be not much work to build for
using the opensuse repo as a base - but without the current deb-src i
would need to start debian/ubuntu packaging from scratch so i put the
project back on the shelf for now until either the official debian
package is upgraded or the current deb-src package is published on the
ring repo

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