Subject: Re: Final questions before I submit a package
To: John A. Maier <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 09/09/1999 10:14:39
On Thu, 9 Sep 1999, John A. Maier wrote:

> I've got three packages to submit, but I want to make sure of a few things
> before I proceed...
> In the Makefile
> MAINTAINER, should this be my email address or the original authors?

Should be you, or could be be By listing yourself
as maintainter, in theory, you're offering to "support" the package,
but in practice, it doesn't matter who the maintainer is.

> HOMEPAGE, should this be my homepage or the original authors?

That would be the homepage for the software.

> Makefile, patch-**
> the $NetBSD:.. line at the top of both of these files, should I just omit this
> line, on a new package, or is there something I should place there
> something like what is suggested for PLIST ( <$>NetBSD<$>) ? 

You're supposed to have a line with ``$NetBSD$'' on it, usually
followed by a blank line. When the package is committed, cvs finds the
first line with that tag and fills in the date, version, and such. If
this email were "cvs add"ed and committed, cvs would find the first
line of the paragraph. It just looks nicer to have the tags on top.

Make sure to build and install pkgtools/lintpkgsrc and run "pkglint"
over your submision. That should catch a lot of easy errors.