[Pkg-crosswire-devel] Why are there quilt packages in pkgcrosswire PPA?

Jonathan Marsden jmarsden at fastmail.fm
Mon Aug 31 16:03:05 BST 2009

Dmitrijs Ledkovs wrote:

> I can certainly modify packaging and keep two version: one for
> Karmic+Squeeze and one for older Ubuntu versions. It seems it is a
> matter of taste cause one of my python packages was not sponsored
> because it was not using latest "dh stuff".

That's annoying to have do to, though.  I don't see why packages can or
should be rejected for not using one particular set of packaging tools;
Debian policy does not mandate or require using "the latest dh stuff".
Maybe the Python folks have a specific policy about that, which Debian
as a whole does not?

My viewpoint was that somehow, we the pkgcrosswire team are now
responsible for maintaining extra packages that are not really
Crosswire-related code at all, and long term, that is not something we
should take on lightly or without discussion.

But if the only alternative is maintaining two versions of the Crosswire
pacages, that is extra long term work too.  Surely there should be a way
to avoid that.

Now I'm not sure which way forward is better!


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