Packaging KDE-Telepathy is complicated for two reasons: firstly, due to the modular nature of Telepathy, there are several distinct components in separate git repositories. Secondly, there are large numbers of runtime interdependencies to worry about. This page attempts to ease packaging KDE-Telepathy in a useful way by explaining these issues.
Two upstream packages are essential for KDE-Telepathy to work.
The IM networks that KDE-Telepathy can connect to are decided by which Telepathy Connection Managers are installed. These are runtime only dependencies, but which ones are installed will decide what IM networks KDE-Telepathy supports. The following are the ones we recommend - whether they are installed optionally or required is, of course, up to you.
The different components of KDE-Telepathy are housed in separate git repositories on projects.kde.org. Some of these components are currently recommended to use. Others are not yet ready to be installed by users.
Should we recommend adding a "kde" somewhere in the names of the KDE-Telepathy packages to avoid confusion with upstream/non-KDE stuff?
These components have reached a level of maturity where they are interesting to users. We recommend providing these components at the current time.
|telepathy-kde-accounts-kcm||Account management KCM||telepathy-qt4, data from telepathy-kde-contact-list (at runtime)|
|telepathy-kde-accounts-kcm-plugins||Protocol plugins for the account management KCM. These provide a nicer GUI for some known protocols.||telepathy-qt4, libkcmtelepathyaccounts (part of telepathy-kde-accounts-kcm)|
|telepathy-kde-approver||KDED module that shows a notification when somebody starts a chat with you||telepathy-qt4, data from telepathy-kde-contact-list (at runtime)|
|telepathy-kde-text-ui||Text chat application||telepathy-qt4, data from telepathy-kde-contact-list (at runtime)|
|telepathy-kde-contact-list||Contact list application - Also provides icons and other data files that are shared among the other applications||telepathy-qt4|
|telepathy-kde-presence-dataengine||Plasma dataengine that provides telepathy data to plasmoids||telepathy-qt4|
|telepathy-kde-presence-applet||Plasma widget for setting your online presence - acts as the central system tray icon of traditional IM clients||telepathy-kde-presence-dataengine (at runtime), data from telepathy-kde-contact-list (at runtime)|
|telepathy-kde-filetransfer-handler||Background application for handling file tranfers||telepathy-qt4|
|telepathy-kde-send-file||Dolphin/konqueror context menu plugin for sending files easily to contacts||telepathy-qt4, telepathy-kde-filetransfer-handler (at runtime), data from telepathy-kde-contact-list (at runtime)|
Required components for basic functionality: telepathy-kde-accounts-kcm, telepathy-kde-contact-list, telepathy-kde-text-ui
Highly recommended components (should be installed by default): telepathy-kde-approver, telepathy-kde-accounts-kcm-plugins, telepathy-kde-presence-applet, telepathy-kde-presence-dataengine, telepathy-kde-filetransfer-handler
Optional components: telepathy-kde-send-file
We have several other components under development, however, unless they are listed above we do not recommend packaging them. This is because they are subject to major changes/removal at any time, and are not ready for end users yet.
Here is a list of known packaging efforst for various distributions. If you are also doing packages for a distribution, add your information here.
|Debian||George Kiagiadakis <firstname.lastname@example.org>||http://cgit.collabora.com/git/user/gkiagia (telepathy-kde* repos)|
|Ubuntu||Michał Zając <email@example.com>||Same as Debian, I will co-maintain it with George if neccessary|