[Pkg-crosswire-devel] Which PPA is Debian Lenny compatible?

Dmitrijs Ledkovs dmitrij.ledkov at gmail.com
Tue May 19 20:40:57 BST 2009

2009/5/19 mikefreeman <mike at freeman-studio.com>:
> Crosswire Packaging Team,
> I really want to get Xiphos 3.1 installed on my system. From the
> xiphos.org site, the closest to Debian I see is Ubuntu. And, obviously,
> the PPA repositories are Ubuntu specific. I don't know much about
> Ubuntu, except that it's an off-shoot of Debian. Would one of the PPA's
> work in Debian Lenny? If so, which one?
> In the Debian repositories, we still have the many-years'-old Gnomesword
> 2.2.3 and Sword 6. Xiphos seems to have some really nice improvements.
> But, even after months beyond Xiphos 3's release, it's still not even in
> Sid/Unstable. It is in Experimental, but trying to install that on my
> Lenny system messed up some other software and I'm still trying to get
> things up and running again (without reinstalling Debian). It made
> Iceweasel lose its window frame and take up the entire screen (including
> being drawn over the Gnome panel), so that the only way to do anything
> else would be to quit Iceweasel completely. I had to install KDE to
> uninstall the Sid Gnome stuff (and other libraries) that Experimental
> Xiphos needed (which uninstalled most of Gnome). I then reinstalled all
> the Gnome stuff back to the Lenny versions, and uninstalled KDE, except
> for what is needed for Quanta+, and suddenly menus in Quanta+ are
> outside of the window, along the top edge of the screen, just below the
> panel, drawn over Quanta's window's title-bar. So I'm going to try to
> delete any KDE-related hidden folders in Home and see if that helps
> bring things back to normal.
> Anyway, back to my question: I know it's a bad idea to mix
> distributions, but would one of these Ubuntu PPA repositories work on my
> Debian system without doing damage to Lenny?
> Thanks!
> Mike Freeman

Thanks a lot for your feedback!!!!

The Pkg-crosswire Team is a mixture of Ubuntu/Debian users and we are
working hard of bringing sword up-to speed in both Debian and Ubuntu.

Luckily PPA's are readily available and we can push stuff Ubuntu
packages through there more quicker.

Our current plan is to update everything in experimental and when we
are satisfied with stability we will migrate packages further down. To
unstable and testing, and to backports to get it back into lenny.

The closest to Debian Lenny is to recompile the packages from experimental.

You can follow these instructions:

To build sword7:
$ sudo apt-get install autotools-dev quilt patchutils cdbs debhelper
libz-dev pkg-config libcurl4-gnutls-dev libclucene-dev libicu-dev
chrpath perl dget debuild

$ dget http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/main/s/sword/sword_1.5.11-1.dsc
$ cd sword*
$ debuild
$ cd ../
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

To build xiphos-3.0.1:

$ sudo apt-get install autotools-dev patchutils quilt cdbs debhelper
libsword-dev gnome-spell scrollkeeper gtkhtml3.8 libgtkhtml3.8-dev
gnome-doc-utils intltool libatspi-dev libgnome2-dev xulrunner-dev
chrpath libmagick++9-dev

$ dget http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/main/x/xiphos/xiphos_3.0.1-1.dsc
$ cd xiphos
$ debuild
$ cd ../
$ sudo dpkg -i xiphos*.deb

I will discuss it with the team / upstream to see how can we make it
easier to install for Debian users.

IMHO mixing debs from various distributions is very bad idea,
especially to mix GUI applications from Debian & Ubuntu.

I care about you, and I'll get back to you when I have more details.

With best regards

Dmitrijs Ledkovs (for short Dima),
Ледков Дмитрий Юрьевич

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