Subject: Re: Adding brs to pkgsrc
To: NetBSD Packages Technical Discussion List <>
From: Bryan Vyhmeister <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 07/07/2003 09:35:46
On Mon, Jul 07, 2003 at 12:15:58PM -0400, Greg A. Woods wrote:
> [ On Monday, July 7, 2003 at 11:10:17 (-0400), David Maxwell wrote: ]
> > Subject: Re: Adding brs to pkgsrc
> >
> > On Sun, Jul 06, 2003 at 06:47:17PM -0700, Bryan Vyhmeister wrote:
> > > I have put together an entry for brs, a King James Version Bible
> > > program, for pkgsrc. The tarball is available from:
> > > 
> > >
> > > 
> > > What is the best way to get this committed? Is send-pr the preferred
> > > way? This is the first time I have packaged a program and I am a little
> > > unfamiliar with how to submit a package through send-pr. I looked for an
> > > example in the database but I could not find one. I read through
> > > Packages.txt but that did not clear up all my questions. Could anyone
> > > show me an example submission done using send-pr or suggest a better
> > > way of doing it? Thank you.
> > 
> > If you have a server you can post the package on, the best approach is
> > to file a PR, with a URL pointing to the package you've built.
> > 
> > If you don't have a server, it is acceptable to uuencode the package and
> > include it in the PR, but it's not the preferred method, since it adds
> > bulk (and no real value) to the PR database.
> Actually most packages are small and simple enough that you can just use
> 'shar' to bundle their files together into an e-mail and GNATS-proof form.
> As an avid reader of netbsd-bugs I for one would really appreciate it if
> everyone would try to always include all information in PRs in a
> directly human readable form.  I really "detest" having to pry apart a
> tar file that's been uuencoded or BASE64 encoded, and chasing a URL is
> not a whole lot more fun, especially if it's not "clickable" in lynx or
> links when viewing the PR from the web interface at a later date.  :-)
> Remember to include any sub-directories in the shar prior to the files
> they contain.  "find . -print" will always put the files and directories
> in the right order (assuming your current directory is the top directory
> of the pkgsrc module, so this command-line will always do the right
> thing (provided you have no junk/work files that are not part of the
> sources):
> 	shar $(find . -print) > $HOME/my-new-pkg.shar

Thank you for the direction. I would have never thought about the
directory before file issue.

> (don't re-direct the output into the current directory or any sub-dir!)
> Don't try to cut&paste the shar though!  They are only e-mail and GNATS
> proof, not cut&paste proof, especially not from an xterm.  :-)
> Just save the shar output to a file and then read that file into the PR
> verbatim with your text editor as you run send-pr and then it'll be sent
> intact.  (I've always thought send-pr should ask before sending if there
> are any files to attach -- i.e. to add an "Attach" option to the menu at
> that appears after you exit the editor.)
> Don't try to send more than about 64KB in one e-mail either! -)
> If your attachment ends up being more thn about 64KB then that's when
> it's a acceptable to store it on a server and only provide summary
> information and a URL in the PR.

The brs.shar archive ends up being only 4.6 KB. I think that should be
fine. Thank you for the help.