Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Application in Extras-Devel OK? Promote it!

Now that we have the autobuilder in place for Diablo, it is a good time to talk about how to get your package from Extras-Devel into the Maemo Extras repository.

Before a package will end up in Extras and is installable for end-users on their device, it will go through a few steps:
  1. source package uploaded to autobuilder incoming queue
  2. autobuilder builds package and moves it into the incoming queue from Extras-Devel
  3. queuemanager for Extras-Devel will put the package in the Extras-Devel repository
  4. developer checks packages from Extras-Devel and if the package is OK:
  5. promote the package to Extras using the Promoter.
Step 5 is the step where you can use the Promoter to promote your package. Make sure you test your application while it is in Extras-Devel, so you don't promote a broken package. After promotion and a bit of patience, your package will show up in Extras and everybody will be able to download it.

We have two Promoters is place:
The Promoter is a community project on The code can be found in the svn repository. If you have any suggestions on how to improve the interface or would like to add functionality, please propose and discuss it on the maemo-developers mailinglist.

We are still working on documenting Extras and Uploading to extras in the wiki and of course work towards The Big Plan. Feel free to edit the wiki and improve the articles, this is a community project.

Let's work together to get more applications available in Maemo Extras!

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