[DRE-maint] Bug#290705: Proposing a ruby-full package

Vincent Fourmond vincent.fourmond at 9online.fr
Tue Jan 2 17:45:13 CET 2007

Package: ruby
Version: 1.8.2-1
Followup-For: Bug #290705


  I've seen this argument about the ruby package being broken once
again on ruby-talk. I am (nearly, waiting for DAM to create account) a
Debian developper and I know very well the reasons that lead to a
split of the Ruby package. But I think that it actually is hard,
or at least very confusing for the beginner, to find out which
packages he needs to install to get a full ruby installation. Let's
face it: a fair deal of Debian users are not extremely familiar with
apt... Installing the packages by hand is a pain.

  I also think it would be a very bad idea to change the current
packaging, as it might break builds, and would also very much be a
pain. So, what I propose is the creation of a ruby-full package, that 
depends on all the packages needed for a proper install. The package
is ready, currently hosted on the SVN repository of the
pkg-ruby-extras project on alioth. For convenience, I've also just
uploaded it to mentors.debian.net:

dget http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/r/ruby-full/ruby-full_0.1.dsc

  I chose to depend on unversioned packages (ri, rdoc, and so on) so
that users are not confused by the need to type ruby1.8, irb1.8 and so

  I believe it could make it in time for Etch, after all, it would be
closing an old important bug, and as a dependency package, it won't
actually break anything. We'll just have to act quickly. Paul van
Tilburg kindly offered to upload it if you think it is a good idea. 

  What do you think ?


	Vincent Fourmond

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18
Locale: LANG=en_GB, LC_CTYPE=en_GB (charmap=ISO-8859-1) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_GB)

Versions of packages ruby depends on:
ii  ruby1.8                       1.8.5-4    Interpreter of object-oriented scr

ruby recommends no packages.

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