[ITP] Questions

Max Bowsher maxb1@ukf.net
Fri Nov 18 13:14:00 GMT 2005

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Tim O'Callaghan wrote:
> Hi,
> Sorry about the delay with getting back to this stuff.
> I'd like to ask a few quick questions before i send my formal ITP's
> 1) should i send a separate ITP email for each one or one for all of them?

Choose based on whether it makes sense for them to be discussed as a
unit, or not. If packages are entirely unrelated, use separate emails.
Combine multiple packages into a single ITP mail if it makes little
sense for one to be added to the Cygwin distro without the other.

> 2) bundling - If i need to include a new tool/lib to support a particular feature
>    such as String::ShellQuote or CVSps, should i bundle it in or separate it out?
>     are there guidelines?

Separate packages are nicer, because then you can update the tool/lib
without updating the 'parent' package, and vice versa. Plus, there's
always the possibility another package might want to depend on the
tool/lib later.

> 3) If a package needs a specific tool to build it, such as asciidoc being needed for 
>    git documentation, does it also need to be supported or not? if so does it need
>    to be bundled with the source, or as a separate package?

It really ought to be possible to rebuild any Cygwin package using only
software available as Cygwin packages, so a package would be preferable.
Separately - the answer to 2) applies equally here too.

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