Hi Boyan, On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 02:32:32PM -0500, Boyan Penkov wrote: > 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.
Packaging software for Debian is certainly a great way to learn how a system made up of many different complex software components goes together. > -- I had wrongly assumed the existence of some .deb floating around would > make the packaging more straightforward > In sme cases it can be a help, but most often Debian (as well as RPM and other format) packages created by upstream are usually the result of some automated generation process. Packages created in that fashion rarely meet the policy standards for packages included officially in Debian. Sometimes upstream will create and maintain proper packages, but that is not always the case. Usually this sort of thing happens when upstream has experienced Debian Developers involved, or if they have a particular interest in having a very well supported Debian package. In some cases upstream will even hire a Debian developer to do the work. > As for Duplicati, too bad -- seems like a nice tool, but there are many > other options around to suit the same ends... > This is very true. However, if you are interested in learning how to package for Debian and have a specific interest in the software, then there are many Debian Developers willing to mentor you throughout the process. Regards, -Roberto -- Roberto C. Sánchez