Spice Trade

Moritz Muehlenhoff jmm at inutil.org
Mon Jan 16 20:52:53 UTC 2006

Andrew Vaughan wrote:
> > > One important decision prior to start, should we use debhelper (i'm
> > > openly for it), and, should we use dpatch or something like that or
> > > does it make more sense to use just .diff for that?
> > >
> > > I know it's probably impossible that we all agree on that, but it would
> > > be nice to have a common way of doing things so that every package is
> > > not a whole new world. Ideas?
> >
> [...]
> > So, CDBS plus something like dpatch to manage changes done to upstream
> > code, so that these changes are clearly isolated and given a name that
> > could be referred to when talking.

cdbs awful, especially those packages that operate on included tarballs.
And if we maintain all packages in SVN dpatch doesn't make sense either, 
if one wants to revert a certain change it's a simple as reverting
a commit. So, I'm certainly in favour of debhelper.

joeyh collected an IRC dialog, which summarises the flaws of cdbs and dpatch
very well:

> I believe (can't find the reference ATM) that the pkg-java-maintainers are 
> standardising/have standardised on CDBS for java packages.  So it probably 
> makes sense to follow their example for Spice Trade.  
> I know some java (although all my experience is with sun's jdks).  If no-one 
> beats me to it, I'll try to get Spice Trade running with gcj/kaffe later 
> this week.

Please go, ahead, I'd be glad to sponsor it, if it can be fixed to run with
free Java and go into main.


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