Looking for sponsor or mentor for package crtmpserver

Jonas Smedegaard dr at jones.dk
Tue Mar 15 19:39:43 UTC 2011

Generally fine points, but some of them are exxaggerating and can thus 
be misleading even if not totally wrong:

On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 07:44:04PM +0100, Alessandro Ghedini wrote:
>Also, since you have repackaged the orig.tar archive, you have also to 
>document it properly in the d/copyright (you can use a 'Comment:' 
>field), or in the d/README.source file, telling what and why you have 
>removed (like [0]).

Notes on uncommon packaging procedures (which creating of tarballs from 
SVN falls under) belong in debian/README.source only.

What should be mentioned in debian/copyright is documenting parts of 
upstream source stripped or in other ways avoided from Debian 

>As per Debian Policy you also have to provide a 'get-orig-source' 
>target in the d/rules file, which builds properly the new tarball 
>(without the files you decided to remove). This makes easier for future 
>maintainance (you won't have to repack the tarball manually every time 
>you update the package).

You don't "have to" provide a get-orig-source target, but yes, you are 
encouraged to do so.

>Actually, the get-orig-source rule would have been required anyway, 
>since you are using directly the sources from a SVN repository (I have 
>not much experience in packaging directly from svn, so I missed this at 
>the beginning). Have a look at [1] for an example of what you should 

Again, this does not make get-orig-source a _requirement_.

>Another requirement for the repackaged upstream tarball is to add 
>something like '~dfsg' to both the source and binary packages version 
>just to make clear to everyone that you have modified it. The package 
>versions would look something like:
>   0.0~dfsg+revNNN for the source package
>   0.0~dfsg+revNNN-1 for the binary package

This is no requirement (for the reasons described above): A dfsg in the 
version number indicated that the source has been repackaged in order to 
comply with "Debian Free Software Guidelines" which is independent from 
creating a tarball due to upstream distributing in other forms than by 


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