Any developer, either a member of Debian or not, is invited to participate. If you are interested, please drop a note to the project administrators at Alioth.
Development is coordinated through Git repositories, using the git-buildpackage tool (with the associated git-dch tool for generating debian/changelog entries).
There are two mailing lists related to the project:
pkg-octave-devel: Development discussion for Octave and Octave-related packages in Debian
pkg-octave-commit: Automatic Git activity notifications
Check list for the Octave-Forge packages
Bump the build-dependency on octave-pkg-dev to >= 1.0.1.
- Bump the Standards-Version to 3.9.4.
- The recommended debhelper compat level is 9.
We use a machine-readable debian/copyright with the 1.0 specification. Generating this file can be simplified by the following command:
licensecheck -r --copyright -c '\.m|\.cc|\.hh|\.c|\.h|\.f' . | /usr/lib/cdbs/licensecheck2dep5
Note that you will have to update the Format line using the finalized URL for version 1.0. If you are using CDBS version 0.4.103 or later, the URL will be that for version 1.0.
You can also automatically fix some errors in your file using the following command (from package libconfig-model-perl):
cme fix dpkg-copyright
Use the SourceForge redirector in the debian/watch file:
Octave Forge packages not in Debian
The following table lists packages that have been in Debian at some point but were removed:
octave-time (RM: 671089)
semidef-oct (RM: 669226)
Bellow is the list of packages in Octave-Forge that are not yet in Debian and may be candidates for packaging:
es (unmaintained upstream)
generate_html (will not be packaged; only of interest for Octave-Forge developers)
octclip (will not be packaged; it is now part of the geometry package)
pt_br (unmaintained upstream)
windows (tweber: I don't think - we would have to create Debian GNU/kwin32 first)
Work in Progress
The following list contains things that should be done at some point in the future.
- Check that Octave compiles with clang and inform shogun maintainers about it, if yes (shogun-octave was dropped, as shogun uses clang now and some of the Octave code failed to compile)
- We might want to add a reportbug script (/usr/share/doc/reportbug/README.developers.gz) that reports the BLAS library in use via the alternatives system and all octave-* packages installed. This should help with bug reports.