What's going on in Backports...
john.dong at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 13:47:01 CDT 2005
Yes, it is that nice little vacation in Backports... When Hoary is nicely
up-to-date and Breezy+1 hasn't opened yet :). However, it isn't really just
a vacation; lots of stuff are happening in the background. I'd just like to
take the time to shed the light on it. If other devs (Mez for sure) have
stuff to add on, feel free:
- breezy-extras and the staging repositories in Subversion are opening
soon.... The basic structure has been made.
- The Backports unofficial server is getting an overhaul, too. The
Subversion repo weighs in at >15GB, so it's time to flush out the metadata
and start from scratch. It's really irritating to work with right now...
- The Backports website might also get a Wiki, or just redirect itself
to a section of wiki.ubuntu.com....
- I'm going to do some more work on the ubp-build.py tool to gear it
more at the "average joe" trying to make some backported packages himself.
That way, people who have backport requests not conforming to the guidelines
can package them themselves at their own risk. This includes:
- Wizard-style walkthrough, more meaningful/descriptive prompts
- deb-src line setup utility
- Hopefully, automatic "~5.10bp1unsupported" version trailers
- Dump packages into a local APT repository, thus taking
advantage of dependency resolution during install phase
That should get us through with Breezy... Unofficial "breezy-backports" will
NOT be there in Breezy -- that's just too confusing to explain. The better
ubp-build will take its place.
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