On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 04:31:06PM -1000, Joel Roth wrote:
On Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 02:34:37AM +0100, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 02:09:50PM -1000, Joel Roth wrote:
>On Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 09:46:20PM +0100, Jonas Smedegaard wrote:
>>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
>Hi Jonas,
>This works on my local machine. How would I go about creating the >corresponding git repository corresponding to this?
>   git+ssh://git.debian.org/git/pkg-multimedia/mma.git

Since you address me explicitly:

Sorry, I will not (at the moment, at least) take time to guide you in detail on the basics of packaging and using Alioth. I am involved in many exciting projects already, and I might help out with your needs here too, but don't count on it.

Please read http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMultimedia - and especially http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMultimedia/DevelopPackaging - and if you still need help then please do seek it more generally, both at this list (without addressing me in particular) and at other parts of the larger Debian community.

Thank you. References, as above, are often sufficient guidance.
I try to hit them first. In this case, I overlooked the
link to that fine documentation.

Great that it was helpful. I do notice that you've managed to release the code to Alioth now :-)

I will honor your request to avoid mentioning your name
specifically, except where appropriate to the context.

I, too, am excited about the quality of both the software
and the packaging made available through the work of the

Oh, I agree that this team pacakges some _very_ exciting upstream projects. I only count this team as one of the exciting things I am involved in, however: What I meant to say was that my reason for being relatively absent lately in this team has to do with my involvement at other areas of Debian:

  * Package Node modules for a "decentral Facebook replacement"
    usable by FreedomBox, and team up with Jérémy Lal on
    maintaining such JavaScript and Node modules and Node itself.
  * Help upstream X2go authors form a Debian packaging team, now
    also starring Reinhard Tartler of Debian Multimedia fame!
    Some of us are meeting in person at a german Skolelinux
    gathering mid february.
  * Hack on CDBS, with help from several new contributors,
    including IOhannes m zmölnig of Debian Multimedia fame!
  * Hack unofficially on calendarserver, trying to get a
snapshot of v3.0 in usable shape (a customer of mine need group calendaring, which was temporarily dropped in v2.4)
  * Hack unofficially on an ikiwiki metaframework, needed to
    streamline the 20-40 website my girlfriend and I are working
    on - e.g. using Sass to isolate and perfect design patterns
    reusable across multiple webdesigns.
  * Package Ghostscript and related libraries, and move them to
    team maintainance in the recently revitalized Printing team.
  * Explore setting up and optimizing ARM hardware usable for
    FreedomBox - in preparation for joining the embeeded sprint
    late february in Cambridge together with my girlfriend.

Oh. I didn't plan to write this much. Just wanted to share my enthusiasm with you: I hope you can follow how I find above projects exciting to work with :-)


 - Jonas

 * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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