Wednesday 13 August 2008

More packaging fun

After a little break for vacation (and an awesome trip to Quebec city!), I'm back at working on the two packages I'm trying to get included in Ubuntu: congruity, and it's dependency; concordance.

Today, I've learned to clean up my debian/rules file (and got nice errors when I got too enthusiastic at it), and creating watch files.

The watch file stuff is quite interesting. It is quick, and efficient... If you want to learn how to use this to keep your packages up to date with the upstream (for example, a sourceforge project!), consult the very complete wiki entry about it at

Watch files basically contain lines of strings to parse in order to let utilities like uscan and uupdate download any new updated build tarballs from upstream.

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