We're reviewing apps submitted as part of the Ubuntu App Showdown contest. We got a ton of them and we need your help!
So if you've got some experience packaging, would like to learn more along the way and contribute to make Ubuntu a successful app development platform, follow these simple instructions and join us on the Ubuntu App Review Board channel.
Read the ARB Guidelines
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-app-review-contributors/ppa
sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install arb-lint
Run arb-lint in source tree of app.
List of ARB branches: https://code.launchpad.net/ubuntu-app-reviews/+branches
Submissions as they came in: https://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com/dev/arb/
- get the source of a app showdown submission
build it, using bzr bd -- -us -uc or debuild -us -uc
do a quick check of the license - run bzr inventory | xargs licensecheck (or find . -type f | xargs licensecheck) and see if it roughly matches debian/copyright; also check if a LICENSE or COPYING file is included
- if you just find small mistakes, such as
- multiple debian/changelog entries
- missing real name in debian/changelog, debian/copyright and debian/control
- no proper description in debian/control
please fix them and push your branch to ~<you>/ubuntu-app-reviews/<app>
test-install the app sudo debi, run it
if it's fine, send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org asking for a vote on it, mention your branch and CC the app author. Also click on "start review" on the app page, so it does not stay on https://myapps.developer.ubuntu.com/dev/arb/
- if it's not fine,
- go on to the app page on myapps, click "start review", add comments into text box, click "needs information"
write something like "Thanks a lot for your submission. This is a review for inclusion into the Ubuntu Software Center. I pushed a couple of changes to https://code.launchpad.net/~<user>/ubuntu-app-reviews/<....> which you might want to merge."
Issues you might run into
- If you get an error message like:
dpkg-source: warning: no source format specified in debian/source/format, see dpkg-source(1) dpkg-source: error: Version number suggests Ubuntu changes, but Maintainer: does not have Ubuntu address
- Simply run 'update-maintainer' (from ubuntu-dev-tools) and try again
- Files not installed in /opt
If app developers don't use "quickly submitubuntu" to push to PPA, this might happen: https://launchpadlibrarian.net/109545227/pictag_12.07.9_12.07.11.diff.gz - so all of the /opt installation changes will be removed
It might be good enough to reply to them "Thanks for your submission. This is a review for inclusion into the Ubuntu Software Center. Please resubmit your app to your PPA using 'quickly submitubuntu', so all the files in the package are placed into /opt. To see an example of how your debian/rules should roughly be looking, have a look at http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-app-review-contributors/ubuntu-app-reviews/download-monitor/view/head:/debian/rules"
- crashdb.conf files installed into /etc/apport/
Apply this change to the debian/rules file, replacing 'cuckoo' with your package name: http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~dholbach/ubuntu-app-reviews/cuckoo/revision/59