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Re: [tor-talk] Tor Browser Bundle .deb packaging solution

Right now no one owns the bug in trac, so I don't think anyone is
thinking about it: https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/5236

I have limited time and I'm not sure I want the responsibility of being
the TBB deb package maintainer, although it shouldn't be much work since
all the real work happens in the TBB tarball. I'm more than happy to
help develop it.

Do any devs want to own this ticket and then I can help implement it? Or
are there issues with this approach of packaging TBB that I'm not seeing?

On 01/29/2013 12:49 PM, adrelanos wrote:
> I find this awesome, but I wonder why there was not a single reply from
> anyone.
> It's been said, that Linux integration of TBB could be better and now
> someone is here to help but totally ignored.
> Everyone busy with other stuff?
> Micah Lee:
>> I posted about this the other day but I think most people missed it.
>> I've come up with a working solution to packaging TBB in a Debian repo,
>> so that people can apt-get install it and easily get regular updates.
>> Here's the bug: Make a deb of the Torbrowser and add to repository
>> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/5236
>> Here's the packaging script I wrote:
>> https://github.com/micahflee/torbrowser
>> You can git clone it and run "equivs-build torbrowser" to build a .deb
>> to install.
>> The deb package contains the latest TBB tarball and a launcher script.
>> It also contains a "Tor Browser" application launcher that runs this
>> script, so users can open Tor Browser from their desktop environment's menu.
>> When a user runs the launcher script, it checks if
>> ~/.torbrowser/$VERSION exists. If it doesn't, it extracts the TBB
>> tarball to there. Then it runs ~/.torbrowser/$VERSION/start-tor-browser.
>> Releasing updated versions is simple. The update would include a new TBB
>> tarball and the launcher script would include a new version, so the next
>> time a user runs Tor Browser it will extract the new version in their
>> ~/.torbrowser dir.
>> Thoughts on this approach? I'd love to see it happen.
>> There's another related bug: Get TorBrowser in Debian
>> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/3994
>> However I don't think this could end up in Debian without some changes,
>> since "The Debian policy states that a package should not contain any
>> embedded code copy. So simply shipping the result of TorBrowserBundle
>> build is not an option."
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