Hello Roberto,

Thanks for the particularly detailed explanation; it's quite apropos, since:

-- I'm new to actually thinking about what it takes to make stuff work.
-- I had wrongly assumed the existence of some .deb floating around would make the packaging more straightforward

As for Duplicati, too bad -- seems like a nice tool, but there are many other options around to suit the same ends...


On 02/14/2018 02:27 PM, Roberto C. Sánchez wrote:
On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 02:03:01PM -0500, Boyan Penkov wrote:
    Hey folks,

    Anybody know of any conversations underway to add
    [1]https://www.duplicati.com/ to debian?  They do ship .debs they compile
    themselves, so this may not be a steep hill to climb...

I took a quick look at the code in GitHub and the Debian packaging is
far from suitable for inclusion in Debian.  First, it looks like they
build the Debian package using already built binary components from an
earlier build step.  Second, it is not clear that all the necessary
dependencies are in Debian, as they appear to ship quite a few
components as embedded code/libraries.  Third, the layout of components
in the installed package does not look like it follows Debian standards.

There is considerable work involved in properly packaging any complex
software for Debian.  Duplicati appears to be made of numerous
components and has many dependencies, which further complicates the
matter.  Any effort at packaging this for inclusion in the official
archive would really need to start from scratch.



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