[DRE-maint] On CDBS and packaging gems

Lucas Nussbaum lucas at lucas-nussbaum.net
Fri Mar 16 09:05:11 CET 2007

On 15/03/07 at 20:10 -0600, Gunnar Wolf wrote:
> As a second step, I'm sure the solution will be quite generic, and can
> be converted into a /usr/share/ruby-pkg-tools/1/class/ruby-gem.mk or
> similar CDBS class. And although we officially Do Not Like Gems, we
> will be much better equipped to convert them into nice Debian packages
> ;-)

I have been thinking about that again, and I'm still not sure that we
want to package such software.

We are talking about software for which upstream said "No, I won't
distribute it as something else than a gem".  This is very similar from
"No, I won't make the slightlest move to help you get that software in

Do we really want to support such software ? It seems like it's going to
be a maintenance hell. And we have the rubygems package. We can tell our
users: "upstream was not willing to make the necessary moves to make it
possible to package that software in Debian in a simple way. You can
install it at your own risks using the rubygems package."
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