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Build packages according to Debian guidelines

Postby djcj » Sun Aug 03, 2014 8:26 pm

Many Mint packages aren't packages as clean as they could. In past I made some pull requests here and there on Github, but I want to discuss about it here. Some minor Lintian warings are easy to fix, but the biggest problem yet is the many pictures installed in /usr/lib, which is not okay.

All the Mint packages are binary independent, so the stuff could easily be moved to /usr/share. However, this should be done with all packages at once, to not risk breaking stuff.
This isn't as much work as it sounds like, I could fork and edit the packages in a short time. I could also update the stuff to debhelper 9.

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Re: Build packages according to Debian guidelines

Postby xenopeek » Tue Aug 05, 2014 7:34 am

If you want to help, please join the developers on IRC. You can find them on #linuxmint-dev on irc.spotchat.org. If you are on Linux Mint, just open HexChat (or XChat/Quassel/Konversation for older releases or KDE edition) from your menu and you'll be automatically be connected to one or more of the Linux Mint IRC channels. Just type there /join #linuxmint-dev to join the developer channel. Come say hi :)

The developers are mostly active on GitHub and IRC; this forum is for Linux Mint users.

Note that many developers are always connected to the IRC channel, but they may be actually working on something and won't read your message immediately. Give it some time and if you don't get a reply try at a later hour again--timezones also play a role in how active the channel is...
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Re: Build packages according to Debian guidelines

Postby djcj » Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:43 pm

The developers are mostly active on GitHub and IRC; this forum is for Linux Mint users.

I already opened a lot pull requests on Github, but nobody seems to be in the mood to discuss the proposed changes.

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Re: Build packages according to Debian guidelines

Postby xenopeek » Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:43 am

Have you visited the IRC channel also? From my own experience, catching devs' attention to something you've done works best if you address it on IRC also. Clem is probably the one to talk to.
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Re: Build packages according to Debian guidelines

Postby djcj » Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:19 pm

Haven't done it yet, but I'll now start to idle around there and talk to them.


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