"Ubuntu Packaging Guide"

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at kitterman.com
Fri Jun 3 13:51:00 UTC 2011

I just took my first look at the so called Ubuntu Packaging Guide and it's 
clear that a lot of work has gone into developing a useful guide for new 
contributors.  It does concern me that the name "Ubuntu Packaging Guide" is 
really misleading.

If you look at http://people.canonical.com/~dholbach/packaging-guide you'll 
find no mention of the 'normal' tools and processes that I (and I believe most) 
Ubuntu developers use.  This is not really an Ubuntu Packaging Guide.  It's 
really Ubuntu Packaging using UDD tools.

I do not believe that this toolset is mature enough for general use and it's a 
mistake to present this to potential new developers as "the" way Ubuntu does 
things.  If this document is going to be presented as an Ubuntu Packaging 
Guide the primary focus ought to be on normal packaging tools.  Alternately, 
the guide ought to be renamed to reflect it's focus.

Just to pick one example, as soon as you want to work on a package with an out 
of date branch, you need to move from the UDD toolset.  

I've filed a bug to track this:


Scott K

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