Mike Gabriel mike.gabriel at
Wed Jun 6 06:46:43 UTC 2012

Hi Renaud,

On Di 05 Jun 2012 15:10:55 CEST renaud gaudin wrote:

> Mike, Vasudev,
> Since we are facing such a short deadline, can you tell me if there  
> is a documentation somewhere with the steps you guys are trying to  
> build the kiwix package?

First thing: please provide a download link for the /debian folder you  
use when building the package. You said earlier, that you have such a  
folder maintained upstream.


Recend Debian packages use source format 3.0 (quilt), that means we  
have to provide an orig.tar.<comp> file with the package. The neatest  
tool for that is git-buildpackage (a wrapper around dpkg-buildpackage).

The goal is to get the source tree on  
build with ,,git-buildpackage -uc -us''.

$ git clone git://
$ git-buildpackage -uc -us

This currently does not work as the upstream tarball contains build cruft...

gbp:error: You have uncommitted changes in your source tree:
gbp:error: # On branch master
# Changes not staged for commit:
#   (use "git add/rm <file>..." to update what will be committed)
#   (use "git checkout -- <file>..." to discard changes in working directory)
#       deleted:    desktop/
#       deleted:    etc/
#       deleted:    kiwix/
#       modified:   kiwix/chrome.manifest
#       deleted:    kiwix/chrome/
#       deleted:    kiwix/components/
#       deleted:    kiwix/defaults/
#       deleted:    static/
no changes added to commit (use "git add" and/or "git commit -a")
gbp:error: Use --git-ignore-new to ignore

Please remove the above named files from upstream SVN. If a Debian  
maintainer would not be in contact with upstream (or upstream would  
have a high latency) then we could fiddle around that in the package,  
but I prefer a clean upstream tarball.

> I feel very frustrated that my package builds easily while you can't  
> build it.

Please provide _your_ /debian folder (not with the upstream tarball,  
please, but as a download location).



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