Does the site welcome questions about writing ebuilds, rpmspecs or simular files for advanced package management? While it's relatively easy to come up with a working script, making a high quality package which satisfies current best practices and traditions of the specific distro may be incredibly hard for a newcomer.

Are there people who can answer questions like these here, or it's better to ask for help in the distro's community?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Are 'ebuilds' like Arch AUR PKGBUILDs, which contain standard bash? \$\endgroup\$
    – Peilonrayz Mod
    Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 19:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Peilonrayz: yes, they're essentially the bash scripts which are sourced by the package manager. However, Gentoo Portage comes with a number of helpers (groupped into so-called eclasses) and other disto-specific things like build phases. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 19:36
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    \$\begingroup\$ If it's working code, it's reviewable. If a tag doesn't exist, it can be created. IDK about whether there are people that can review [ebuilds] scripts, but to start community building there always needs to be a first. Not too long ago there were just a handful of PowerShell questions - now there are enough for tag badges to be awarded in that tag. Same story with VBA. See if this answer helps =) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Aug 13, 2017 at 19:37

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Sure, questions like that would be on-topic. I would consider them similar to and questions. We encourage you to post your scripts for review.


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