[rosa-devel] Packaging-tools - several handful scripts to facilitate maintainer's life
denis.silakov at rosalab.ru
Tue May 21 13:19:45 MSK 2013
I've recently built "packaging-tools" for ROSA - a set of scripts
originally developed by Bero for Ark Linux and recently ported to
The tools include a simple general-purpose spec generator called
'''vs''' which creates a spec template and opens it in '''vim''' (or in
the editor specified in the EDITOR or VISUAL environment variables).
There are also specialized spec generators for different kind of packages:
* '''vl''' for libraries
* '''vp''' for Perl modules
* '''vj''' for Java packages
These generators create spec files that take into account package
specific (e.g., it creates proper subpackages for libraries, installs
Java stuff to proper places in file system, etc.).
Another useful tool is '''e''' - a simple helper for gendiff. If you
want to prepare a patch for some package, then you should unpack the
sources and edit the file you want to modify using '''e'''.
This script will actually call you favorite editor (set in the EDITOR or
VISUAL environment variables; '''vim''' is used by default) but vefor
this it will create a backup file with a predefined suffix (for ROSA
Desktop Fresh, '''rosa2012.1~''' will be used) which can be overridden
using the '''-s''' option. After all modifications to the source code
are done, you can use '''gendiff' to generate the patch.
As an example, let's take '''someapp-1.2.3''' tarball, modify test.c
file in it using '''geany''' and then prepare a patch with our
$ tar xzvf someapp-1.2.3.tar.xz
$ cd someapp-1.2.3
$ export EDITOR=geany
$ e test.c
$ cd ..
$ gendiff someapp-1.2.3 .rosa2012.1~ >my.patch
This way can seem to be a little complex, but it is really convenient
and fast when you need to prepare a small patch for a large tarball.
Denis Silakov, ROSA Laboratory.
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