[maemo-developers] Software categories

From: Daniel Stone daniel.stone at nokia.com
Date: Wed Aug 15 18:59:27 EEST 2007
On Wed, Aug 15, 2007 at 06:55:54PM +0300, ext Ed Bartosh wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-08-15 at 17:24 +0300, ext Guillem Jover wrote:
> > For the Section:s stuff, as I've said few times on this thread, you
> > just need to add override files (check the man pages for deb-override,
> > dpkg-scanpackages and/or apt-ftparchive on an up-to-date Debian sid
> > system). 
> Thank you for the info, will look at it.
> Does it mean that we have to install sid if we want to use this? Hmm...

No, the functionality's been present for about six or seven years or so,
so it should be okay.

> BTW, I didn't manage to find deb-override in any Debian distribution,
> sorry. I used my debian/testing system and then
> http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages without any luck. 
> Can you point me out to it please?

The deb-override manpage is only present in dpkg 1.14.x, but previous to
this, I believe the information was in the dpkg-scanpackages manpage.

> > This makes unnecessary to fork the current packages taken
> > from Debian, allows centralized changes in the Section:s on the
> > archive if need be, and does not require rejecting packages just for
> > this.
> We already have a lot of this kind of packages. All user packages have
> to have 'User/something' in their debian/control in order to be
> installable with AM. Look at Marius' instruction
> http://hildon-app-mgr.garage.maemo.org/packaging.html. That's the way AM
> works at the moment. And developers follow these packaging
> instructions. 
> It doesn't mean that we can't use bright new Debian approach in future,
> but now people already using this one.

Right.  It's not about having an instant 100% solution that magically
fixes every package, but means that any package imported from Debian in
future doesn't have to be forked, which seems like a win to me.

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