[LAD] Build and get your package in Debian/ Ubuntu (was Re: [LAU] Join the Debian Multimedia Team! (to improve the state of Linux audio))

Fabian Greffrath greffrath at leat.rub.de
Thu Apr 2 13:25:00 UTC 2009

I think you raised quite a few interesting issues that upstreams 
should generally know about and that will really help maintainers 
creating Debian packages. Let's summarize them:

Grammostola Rosea schrieb:
> Yeah an manpage is required. You can use the app gmanedit for example to 
> create one.

- It would help if upstream included manpages (at least) for all 

> Also I got the advise:
> /Upstream should switch to autotools or something that does DESTDIR out 
> of the box.
> (|automake(1)| and/or |autoconf(1) |related issue?)/
> see: http://www.debian.org/doc/maint-guide/ch-modify.en.html

- It would help if upstream used a sane build system that supports 
destdir and prefix and installs files into fhs-compliant directories.

> Also a clear describtions about the AUTHORS of the app and COPYING 
> (copyright of the app and maybe other files etc it uses which are 
> copyright by other authors, is very important.

- It would really help if upstream provided detailed information about 
the authors, copyright holders and licenses either of the project as a 
whole or (if there is a mixture of licenses) for each specific file in 
the source distribution.

Some more...?

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