I'd like to join the pkg-vdr-dvb team

Tobias Grimm tobias.grimm at e-tobi.net
Sat Jun 24 23:52:33 UTC 2006

Nicolas Boullis wrote:
> have lots to learn. I'll try to do my best, and ask rather than make 
> mistakes, but please tell me if I do anything wrong.

Small mistakes can easily be reverted in subversion, so there's nothing
to worry about. There're just some small, unwritten guide lines:

- When upgrading a package, commit the tarball before doing anything
else, so that everyone knows, that upgrading this package is already in
- Unreleased Debian versions are marked with UNRELEASED and "NOT
RELEASED YET" in the changelog. Whoever uploades a package (or in my
case releases it somewhere else) removes these marks and tags the
package in the subversion repository.
- New packages are always injected with -o (mergeWithUpstream), all
changes to upstream sources are provided as dpatch-files

> What packages would be the most useful to upload?

Hard to tell. I think text2skin and the skins package is a good
candidate. Spider, Sudoku and Solitaire too. Softdevice might also be a
good choice for everyone, not having a full featured DVB card.
Unfortunately vdr-plugin-xine still needs a patched version of libxine.
But I'm working on that issue.

>   - move to section contrib/misc (because em8300-headers is in contrib)
>   - kill the "Origin: ctvdr" line
>   - change the maintainer to "Debian VDR Team <pkg-vdr-dvb-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org>"
>   - kill the "Bugs:" line
> Is it alright?

Yes, that seems all right. The Origin/Bugs-stuff was only in there,
because this package wasn't officially maintained for Debian yet.

> BTW, who is Peter Siering?

Besides beeing a member of the Debian VDR-Team, Peter Siering is a
editor of the German computer magazine c't. The c't publishes a
Debian-VDR-Distribution called "ctvdr" in regulat intervals.

> Well, I guess I should first understand how both repositories interact. 
> Why not have everything in a single repository?

I think mainly because of historical reasons. With the first release of
the above mentioned ctvdr-distribution, I started to package some more
plugins and provided them on my homepage. The demand for these plugins
was pretty high and fortunately, one user sponsored me a small root
server. That's when I setup a CVS repository and later Subversion for
the packages. Thomas Schmidt started the Alioth-Project a little bit
later, but we just haven't migrated all packages to Alioth, so we now
have two repositories :-) But the goal is, to have most packages on
Alioth in the future.


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