[Pkg-fonts-devel] SVN to git migration and team etiquette/worfklow

Francesca Ciceri madamezou at zouish.org
Wed Apr 2 09:50:14 UTC 2014

Hi all,

in the last few days I've try to triage bugs for the team. Now I'd like
to try working a bit more on the packaging side :).

Necessary disclaimer: I'm a non-uploading DD, which means I've never
packaged something, nor I do know about the etiquette used among
packaging teams. Please bear with me!

I've noticed, for instance, that there's a patch in the BTS for
the ttf-georgewilliams package [1], and I have some questions:

1. the patch is against the debian/control file: this means that I don't
have to use quilt for that, right? Reading the DevRef I gathered that
quilt is used only to track patches against upstream source, is that

2. Christian added me to the group on Alioth (thanks for that btw!): is
it ok then if I directly apply the patch (after having verified that it
works as expected, rebuilding the package with it) on the svn repo? Is
that acceptable or is better for me to ask one of the maintainers?
And in that case, do I have also to edit the changelog with something
along the lines of "Applied patch to use dh_installdeb 
maintscript support, thanks Colin Watson. Closes: 659716"?

3. The package still have the old namescheme (ttf-georgewilliams):
should I also change that to fonts-georgewilliams? In that case, do we
need also a dummy-package?

4. I'd like to help also with the SVN → Git migration of this (and the
other remaining) package. To do this, I checked the wiki page with the
tutorial [2] and I was wondering if the file to map SVN → Git committers
is somewhere around where I can re-use it for the conversion. I checked
in the pkg-fonts repo on monszumanska and wasn't able to find it. 

I think that cover all my doubts for now (but I'm sure lots more will
pop in  my mind soon!).

Thanks in advance,

[1] https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=659716
"But people should also get engaged and interested in understanding 
other *people* and finding ways to work with other people in difficult
situations, since at the end of the day our communities are about 
people, not software."
Russ Allbery
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