On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 10:03:14AM -1000, Joel Roth wrote:
On Wed, Jan 05, 2011 at 10:02:53AM +0100, Reinhard Tartler wrote:On Wed, Jan 05, 2011 at 09:21:47 (CET), Joel Roth wrote: > 2) I seem to recall that a debian package does not > include all the files used to create it. If so, > is there a source for the original package?I don't understand the question.Hi Reinhard, I would like to build on previous packaging effort for mma. Clearly, mma couldn't have been packaged without a changelog. Do you know where to find it? I would hope there is another location for these files than the package itself. Mma's package control.tar.gz only contains control md5sums mmadebian postinst prerm For example, a different package I maintain has these files in the debian/ directory. changelog compat control copyright files patches rules source watch So my question is where can I find the original files used to create this debian package?
Sounds like you are confusing upstream and Debian parts: Even if upstream do ship a debian/ subdir, we should care for that ourselves, and will ship our debian/ part as a separate file when redistributing sources for our packaging - either as a diff or (with new dkpg-source format "3.0 (quilt)") as a tarball.
As for your underlying question - how to start working on this package, based on existing official packaging efforts, here's a smart oneliner I just discovered to day, which generates a new Git repository from all officially archived prior releases of a package (i.e. relevant when the package was not previously maintained in a VCS):
git-import-dscs --debsnap --pristine-tar --sign-tags mma Hope that helps, - Jonas -- * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt * Tlf.: +45 40843136 Website: http://dr.jones.dk/ [x] quote me freely [ ] ask before reusing [ ] keep private
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