Maintaining common Kubuntu/Debian packages in Debian
debian at kitterman.com
Tue Jul 15 14:31:15 UTC 2014
As KDE is broken down into more and more smaller packages there are
increasingly many of them that the only difference between Debian and Kubuntu
is the Vcs-foo and the maintainer.
It would be nice if we could get to the point where it was easy to have
packages with no real diff sync from Debian to Kubuntu.
Please see the attached lskat package diff (it's a diff from Debian's but other
than the changelog entries, it's the same as Kubuntu's) as a prototype for how
we might autogenerate correct Vcs-foo for both Debian and Kubuntu out of one
By design, it should give Debian Vcs-foo for any non-Ubuntu derivative and
Ubuntu Vcs-foo for Kubuntu. I think it's reasonably extensible if there are
other Debian derivatives that care about this (it'd be a change in debian-qt-
kde.mk to do this for more derivatives, no additional per-package change).
If an approach like this makes sense, my thought is the rules changes would be
integrated into debian-qt-kde.mk from pkg-kde-tools so that the only per
package change needed would be to add control.in
Does this seem reasonable? Keep in mind this is just a prototype. It
doesn't, for instance, proceed sanely in the absence of control.in. With KF5
packages landing rapidly for Kubuntu and starting to appear in Debian, I think
it would be a good time.
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