[therion-users] Debianizing therion

Wookey wookey at aleph1.co.uk
Tue Nov 19 18:42:50 CET 2002

I've started packaging therion and am begining to understand how it goes

I have a fundamental question to ask before I do much more:
Do the upstream authors (that Stacho and Martin) want this to be a native
debian package or not?

In a normal package there is the tarball I get from upstream, then there is
a set of debian patches that are applied to it to make it fit the debian
path and rules and add a debian 'control' file (really a makefile) that
makes sure the package can be built in the right way so it will work on

In a native debian package there is no patch to make these changes - the
control files are in the normal tarball. Survex is done this way.

It is entirely up to you guys which way we do this. A native package is
simpler and is slightly less work overall, but it does move some
responsibility for making the build-process work right from me to you, and
you may not want to do that, or not yet.

In practice it mostly means adding a /debian dir that I supply, and maybe
some build-process changes if necessary.

Tell me what you think. In a week or so I expect I'll send you the first
version to look at.

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