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mk-build-deps --root-cmd sudo --install mk-build-deps --root-cmd sudo --install --tool "apt-get -o Debug::pkgProblemResolver=yes --no-install-recommends"

Procedure to review packaging for mentors

Get the package

  • Usually sponsorship-requests (RFS) email tells how to get the package:

dget -x https://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/x/yyy/yyy_zzz-1.dsc
  • Unless you have the sponsee's key (for example, they're in the DM keyring), you should replace the -x with -ux or dpkg-source will refuse to extract the source package.

  • Consider asking the sponsee to put their package in a git repository. This makes things easier when you expect to do several rounds of review.

Check the license

  • There are a few automatic tools.

  • debmake. It compares source tree and debian/copyright, then give you a report.

debmake -kk

decopy -o debian/copyright.tmp
diff -u debian/copyright debian/copyright.tmp
  • cme. It generate/overwrite debian/copyright.

cp debian/copyright debian/copyright.orig
cme update dpkg-copyright -trace
diff -u debian/copyright.orig debian/copyright

Please be also noted that as an unwritten exception to the rule, Debian packages where the copyright of the autoconf files is not documented in the Debian copyright file are routinely accepted by our archive administrators. [0][1]

Build the package

  • You need to install build-dependencies first. Here's a way to remove easily afterwards.

mk-build-deps --root-cmd sudo --install --tool "apt-get -o Debug::pkgProblemResolver=yes --no-install-recommends"
  • debuild or dpkg-buildpackage

debuild -us -uc
- or -
dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc

Auto Check Tools

  • lintian (Note: Just verbose the output, but not all of them is must-fix)

lintian --info --display-info --display-experimental --pedantic --show-overrides --color auto

Other things to check

Alternative workflows

Ideas to be added to this page

  • add sbuild/pbuilder usage
  • "dget -u" unpacks the source in case you already trust the person (but you didn't update the keyring)
  • debdiff between versions (in case of update)

filterdiff debdiff -i "*debian*" > debdiff.filtered
  • apt build-dep (dsc-file) to build-dependencies