¬°Hola Vangelis!

El 2014-06-01 a las 14:59 +0300, Vangelis Mouhtsis escribió:
> I have some questions for packaging/maintaining simon pkg.

> 1) For debian/changelog, where can i check for new upstream
> release (if exists).

The debian/changelog file is unrelated to the new upstream releases. You'll
need to add a block for each version you package, but to check for new
upstream releases the tool to use is uscan.

uscan uses the information that is in the debian/watch file. For simon it
points to:
ftp://ftp.kde.org/pub/kde/stable/simon/

Currently, ftp.kde.org is deprecated, so we should change the watch file to
use:
http://download.kde.org/stable/simon/

The latest release was done in June 2013, but the git is still active, so if
you want you can have a look at the changes:
https://projects.kde.org/projects/extragear/accessibility/simon/repository

> 2) For debian/control, to check for changes in B-D and Depends.

Last time I've checked, the package built correctly as it's commited in the
repository. So I would guess that the build dependencies are fine. If you want
to verify that this is still the case, you'll need to build the package in a
chroot. Using a tool like pbuilder helps you with that.

To check the dependencies is a bit harder for a program such as simon that
requires access to many resources. However if you want, you might be able to
install the virtual machine with a bare Debian installation, install the
simon package there, make sure that the microphone is accessible to the vm and
test if everything works.

> 3) For debian/copyright, if i can adopt it as it is or to
> create a new one.

The copyright file seems to be missing several mentions. So, yes, there is room
for improvement, I wouldn't start it from scratch, though.

A tool like licensecheck can help you with the heavy lifting.

> 4) For debian/rules, i need to know if i can add "get-orig-source"
> because i use pbuilder as build option.

To download the source code you can use uscan:
$ uscan --force-download

uscan is the tool used by default in the Debian packages, so I don't think it
needs a get-orig-source rule.

The steps to go from a cloned repository and a source tarball to a buildable
state are explained here:
http://pkg-kde.alioth.debian.org/gitguidelines.html

About the guidelines, it recommends to use:
$ git config core.excludesfile debian/upstreamignore

But the debian/upstreamignore is a file commited in the repository of the
qt4-x11 source package. So you can skip that step and add a .gitignore with:
**
!/debian
!/debian/**

> 5) For debian/watch, if debian/rules change where can i head it
> to bring .xz tarball to be able for build.

I'm sorry, I don't understand this.

> 6) For debian/paches, i checked and saw that patches not ended
> as .patch so quilt can test them.

quilt works fine with filenames without the .patch extension.

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