[Pkg-fonts-devel] How to change the font package name

Christian PERRIER bubulle at debian.org
Sun Apr 6 16:50:28 UTC 2014

Quoting Francesca Ciceri (madamezou at zouish.org):

> 1. Do I have to rename only the source package? Or also the binary? And
> in this case: how do I do it, and what is the suggested name?

Both should be renamed. I'd suggest fonts-georgewilliams as package name.

> 2. Changing the name of the package means, if I'm not wrong, to also
> create a dummy package with the old name in order to provide a gentle
> transition. Is it ok to follow "Method 2" in this page [2] or is a
> preferred method to do it with fonts?

You can follow whatever has been done in many other font packages
(preferrably those that have been renamed quite recently as we made a
few mistakes in the first packages we renamed) such as
fonts-dejavu or fonts-freefont.

A transitional package is mandatory and should be kept at least until
the next release cycle *and* as long as the package has reverse

A Breaks/Replaces combination is to be used for the new package for the new package 

> 3. Do I have to change also the repository name? And if so, how do I do
> that?

Yes, it should be renamed. I never did that with GIT because all packages I
renamed were renamed back in the SVN days. So, better take advice
from, say, Vasudev...

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