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

Maarten Vanraes maarten.vanraes at gmail.com
Mon Feb 21 19:05:52 CET 2011

Op maandag 21 februari 2011 18:42:47 schreef Eatdirt:
> On 19/02/11 21:18, Remy CLOUARD wrote:
> > 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
> Ok, then here we go, you asked for it...
> What's this #mageia-mentoring, IRC stuff? Is there a mentoring mailing
> list instead, like on gmane or so?
> I am a complete incompetent in terms of packaging, but I know how to
> download a source.tar.gz and compile it the right way.
> Under mandriva I am using a lot of scientific libs, like fftw, lapack,
> blas, and fvwm2 is my computing life; that I used to compile from
> sources too.
> So I am happy to help in any of those if my contribution can be used
> somehow. I am quite unreliable too in terms of freetime as it may happen
> that I am becoming very busy sometimes.
> cheers,
> Chris.

there was some requests to get direct communications for mentoring, hence the 
chat channel.

the idea is that all frequent questions are being put on the FAQ and all 
things unclear on the policies (which are alot of them).

if you want to become a packager, and you are assigned a mentor, often your 
mentor will ask you to send emails to him/her.

mentors and people helping out with mentoring are asked to go on that chat 
channel. i'm on it, and it's quite busy there.

the thing is that packagers need to read up on policies cause it's important 
to follow those.

even if you don't have a mentor yet, you can still make .spec files, have 
someone comment on those and possibly others will commit and submit them for 
you (your mentors' job), until you become a packager

good luck

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