[Beowulf] A press release
tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Wed Jul 2 07:29:03 EDT 2008
On 2 Jul 2008, at 12:16 pm, Jon Aquilina wrote:
> one thing must not be forgotten though. in regards to pkging stuff
> for the
> ubuntu variation once someone like you and me you upload it for
> higher up on the chain to check and upload to the servers. so
> someone is checking what someone else has packaged.
For maintainers that aren't Debian Developers (or the Ubuntu
equivalent), yes, that's true.
In my case, I am formally a Debian Developer (have been for more than
10 years), so my GPG signature on a binary upload is considered good
enough, and it's not checked further, other than for really serious
failures like a failure of the package to build from source on one of
I do check them myself fairly thoroughly though - lintian is a very
useful tool for checking that packages comply with policy. Besides,
the packages I maintain for Debian are things I use heavily in my day
job, so it's in my own interest to make sure they work properly!
I suspect the amount of checking that goes on in the universe and
multiverse parts of Ubuntu is pretty minimal - I believe the packages
are basically straight rebuilds of the Debian source packages using
the Ubuntu autobuilder network, so that the library dependencies are
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