[Mageia-dev] So, you want to become a mageia packager

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Mon Feb 21 01:06:25 CET 2011

-----Original Message-----
>From: Pierre Chaland <pierre.chaland at tsf47.net>
>Sent: Feb 20, 2011 4:49 PM
>To: Mageia development mailing-list <mageia-dev at mageia.org>
>Subject: Re: [Mageia-dev] So, you want to become a mageia packager
>Le samedi 19 février 2011 21:18:48 Remy CLOUARD, vous avez écrit :
>> Hi there,
>> As the title says so, this mail is intended to all people who would like
>> to become a packager, but who don’t know where to look, what’s the path,
>> what to do.
>> As you may or may not know, mentoring started a few weeks ago, with some
>> people who are already quite experienced in packaging.
>> These people are making progress quite quickly, and will soon be able to
>> be full-fledged packagers. Now, many of you would like to do that too.
>> So how to get started ?
>> -----------------------
>> Well, there are several things you can already do.
>> First, I suggest you to join #mageia-mentoring so that you can ask any
>> question you’d like to people who are already packagers. Don’t hesitate
>> to ask anything, there’s no stupid question. If you don’t get an
>> immediate answer, don’t hesitate to ping us
>> It would also be great that other mentors join the channel as well, so
>> that we can answer people. At the moment ahmad, mikala, anssi, Nanar and
>> I are on the channel.
>> I know nothing about packaging, could you give me a pointer ?
>> -------------------------------------------------------------
>> There’s a documentation that tries to summarize how to do a rpm on this
>> page:
>> http://mageia.org/wiki/doku.php?id=rpm_start
>> Don’t be afraid by the size of the page, take your time to read it.
>> We would appreciate some feedbacks about this documentation. Tell us if
>> some things are not clear, so that we can rephrase it, so that we can
>> explain it to you.
>> It’s not that hard really, and I suggest you to take a look at an
>> existing spec to see how it’s done.
>> At the moment, many packages have been imported, but many packages are
>> also waiting for someone to maintain it. You can have a list of
>> unmaintained packages here:
>> http://maint.mandriva.com/listpkgs.php?owner=1
>> Beware, check first that the package is not deprecated, unmaintained
>> upstream, and start with a small one, not very difficult, like a small
>> console app or a game. Again, if some bits are difficult to understand,
>> please tell us :-)
>> I already know some bits of packaging, would like to package for mageia,
>> what can I do ?
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> Packaging policies represent a good amount of doc that might be
>> difficult to learn. You don’t have to know them by heart at first, just
>> to know that they exist, and that you should refer to them when you are
>> trying to do. For instance, if you’re interested in python packages, you
>> don’t have to know the perl packaging policy, but you should know that
>> they exist and refer to it if you have a perl dependency to your
>> package.
>> Package policies are listed in this page :
>> http://mageia.org/wiki/doku.php?id=policies-review
>> You might also have a look at the aforementionned rpm start page in case
>> of doubt, and ask packagers when you don’t know.
>> Come on #mageia-mentoring, so that you can get in touch with a mentor,
>> and if he becomes available, you will be able to start with the various
>> tools we use to build packages.
>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>> I do hope that this mail gives you a path to start with, please tell me
>> if I am missing something, and again don’t be discouraged by the amount
>> of documentation you will read.
>> Regards,
>I try to did what was writen in http://mageia.org/wiki/doku?id=rpm_start
>With urpmi I can load ktron rpm.
>But if I want to build this same package it cannot find the file.See below.
>[pierre at sonypierre rpm]$
> rpm -i/cauldron/SRPMS/core/ktron-4.5.95-1.mga1.src.rpm 
>erreur: échec de l'ouverture de 
>/cauldron/SRPMS/core/ktron-4.5.95-1.mga1.src.rpm: Aucun fichier ou dossier de 
>ce type

Unless it was broken out it is probably bundled with kde games.

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