winehq packages for Debian

Andrew Fenn andrewfenn at
Sun Nov 9 21:17:38 CST 2008

So your plan is to take over Debian packaging while abandoning Ubuntu

You already mentioned he has abandoned packaging (however I see new
packages created on 8th November) Is there some technical reason you
can't do Ubuntu Debs?

I am trying to understand what is different from Ubuntu and Debian
which would prevent you making a package for both.

On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 12:45 AM, Ben Klein <shacklein at> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I'm a regular volunteer in the #winehq IRC channel (man_in_shack). Some of
> you may know me :) I also maintain a few applications on AppDB and have had
> a couple of bugs found and fixed via bugzilla posts.
> I've been building Wine packages for my Debian systems for a while and now
> I've written myself some helper scripts to make the task trivial :) I build
> both amd64 and i386 packages.
> I'd like to request that I take over Scott Ritchie's position as maintainer
> for the winehq Debian packages as he seems to have all but abandoned Debian
> package building. I have the following caveats:
> 1) I don't have a suitable place to upload the packages (in terms of
> bandwidth restrictions)
> 2) At the moment, I'm not sure if the packages are suitable for an apt
> repository, as I don't have proper Changelogs or source packages. I'm not
> entirely sure what I'd need to do for this, so help would be appreciated
> 3) I'm fully set up to produce etch packages (Scott's packages aren't
> etch-compatible any more) as well as packages for lenny and sid
> 4) I'm not asking to take over Ubuntu package building (Scott seems to be
> good at this, and I don't have nor want an Ubuntu system)
> 5) I can be *very* quick to produce packages, as in the day after release
> (or even building packages from non-release revisions in git if required)
> Involvement in wine is fun!
> Regards,
> Ben Klein

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