61 Packages: Debian Style
You can become part of the international effort that is Debian GNU/Linux by maintaining finding a package that you use regularly but is not available under Debian. You can then package it up and perhaps even become a Debian developer yourself. The steps to take include:
- Read the developer documentation at http://www.debian.org/doc/devel-manuals, probably starting with the “New Maintainer’s Guide” at http://www.debian.org/doc/maint-guide/. Most of these manuals can be installed as debian packages and read offline.
- Send a message to the debian-devel mailing list with a subject
ITP: mynewpackage(the ITP stands for ). This will let others know your intention, and serve to double check that it has not already been done, and that it is worth doing!
- Find a Debian developer that will sponsor you. % http://www.internatif.org/bortzmeyer/debian/sponsor/
- Your sponsor will have access to the debian machines and can test your package on all the architectures with you.
We will use as an example the packaging of a Debian tool called wajig. It is a simplified front end to the APT and DPKG suite of tools. It is a python program. We use autoconf to manage the configuration and turned the tool into a Debian package using the steps outlined below. We essentially follow the example in the Debian Policy Manual at http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/.
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