Hi, Gilles Chanteperdrix wrote: > Shipping the xenomai tarball with the debian directory has a real added > value: it allows people to build debian package without anything else, > this is an unofficial package, of course, but it can be built before the > Debian patch is generated.
Well, for people who catch the package within the few hours between Xenomai release and the Debian version of it. ;-) > IMO, it would make your life easier if you considered the debian > directory part of the Xenomai package, and start working from this > directory. If you ask for it, we can probably even give you write > access to the repository, so that the debian packaging effort is fully > integrated to Xenomai. As discussed earlier this year: Every Debian package is a (small) fork of the respective "upstream" release, with own Debian release numbers between upstream releases, e.g. 2.4.4-1 and 2.4.4-2. Maintaining this at xenomai.org would require branches on every (minor) Xenomai release, e.g. 2.4.3 and 2.4.4 (besides me having repository write access), because Debian revisions usually come out more often than "upstream" versions (as you have seen 2.4.3-1 ... 2.4.3-7). Therefore, I prefer maintaining it at Debian like most other packages. We already have "trunk" and the stable release branches at xenomai.org. The above would require an additional level of branching, maintenance and synchronization work. Another solution at Debian is called "native" packages where Debian revisions and upstream versions are synchronized (i.e. no separate Debian revisions). The problem here is that at every point in time, Debian can decide to do a new revision (e.g. within a few hours on security fixes) which may not be in the interest of other xenomai maintainers. E.g. this way, Debian would decide when 2.4.5 and 2.4.6 (or 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11?) will be released. This doesn't scale well with the number of Linux distros. ;) For non-native packages in Debian (as Xenomai is currently), the debian/ directory is separated out into the .diff.gz patch which is good for seeing how e.g. debian/rules looks like. If I would take the current "upstream" tarball and only patch debian/rules in the diff.gz, the resulting contents of the file is no recognizable from the patch alone. Therefore, this is not common practice in Debian. Further, it's not only me who works on Debian packages. Sometimes, when I'm not available, one of the other 1000 Debian developers will do Debian adjustments to the xenomai package in Debian. I guess you don't want to give all of them write access to xenomai.org. ;) So you have the choice between the following possibilities: 1) Leave the process as it is (Debian using the upstream tarball, stripped from debian/*, and adding an own debian/* in a separately shipped patch) 2) Give me (and maybe Debian as a whole) write access to Xenomai.org and the right to branch at every "normal" Xenomai release, doing Debian revisions. Problem here: Additional work for Debian because not only Debian revisions must be done but also synchronization to the v2.4.x (stable) brach and trunk. (I.e. changes are most often in 3 places) 3) Give me (and maybe Debian as a whole) write access to Xenomai.org and the right to do xenomai releases whenever Debian wants (i.e. "native" Debian package) I guess you prefer (1)? ;-) bye, Roland _______________________________________________ Xenomai-core mailing list Xenomaifirstname.lastname@example.org https://mail.gna.org/listinfo/xenomai-core