You can become part of the international effort that is Debian
GNU/Linux by maintaining finding a package that you use regularly but
is not available under Debian. You can then package it up and perhaps
even become a Debian developer yourself. The steps to take include:
- Read the developer documentation at
http://www.debian.org/doc/devel-manuals, probably starting
with the "New Maintainer's Guide" at
http://www.debian.org/doc/maint-guide/. Most of these manuals
can be installed as debian packages and read offline.
- Send a message to the debian-devel mailing list with a subject
line ITP: mynewpackage (the ITP stands for Intend
to Package). This will let others know your intention, and serve
to double check that it has not already been done, and that it is
- Find a Debian developer that will sponsor you.
- Your sponsor will have access to the debian machines and can
test your package on all the architectures with you.
We will use as an example the packaging of a Debian tool called
wajig. It is a simplified front end to the APT and DPKG suite
of tools. It is a python program. We use autoconf to manage
the configuration and turned the tool into a Debian package using the
steps outlined below. We essentially follow the example in the Debian
Policy Manual at http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/.
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