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Shaochun Wang wrote:
> I wrote an ebuild games-misc/llk_linux-2.3 and uploaded it on bugzilla
> of gentoo on Mar 2007. After one year, this ebuild still just stays on
> bugzilla. I don't know whether someone used it or not. How can I found
> this type of information from bugzilla?
The difficulty is that for a dev to commit this to portage is
essentially a commitment to continue to maintain it. For this reason,
obscure packages may be harder to get into the tree.
You might consider looking into gentoo sunrise, which is designed to
allow ebuild contributors to get packages into a semi-official overlay
with a lower threshold of entry, but with some QA.
You can find info on this project at:
Alternatively, your best bet for getting something into portage is to
ask nicely on this list, or in the forums, or on irc. It doesn't always
work, and this is more-or-less by design. The goal is to have a high
level of QA for packages in portage, and that means that nothing can
really get into the tree unless somebody is willing to commit to
maintaining it. Overlays like sunrise are a good way to allow users to
still have packages while lowering the barrier to entry and getting more
The hope is also that some who participate in sunrise might even go on
to be full-fledged developers, and packages that get a lot of attention
in sunrise might eventually move to the main tree.
I hope this information helps you a little. I actually have nothing at
all to do with sunrise, but I know those involved in this project have
been trying to promote it. One thing I like about sunrise is that it
helps address one of the biggest gentoo user complaints - that gentoo
makes it hard to get involved.
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