I was introduced to the world of packaging by Praveen (a.k.a javaman), one year back. It was a training session for packaging diaspora gems for debian (so that diaspora can finally be installed by sudo apt-get install diaspora). I tried packing one package named jammit and I think I stopped it when I found that, it had some dependencies yet to be packaged. And as usual, I had found new areas to graze. (Typical me.. :D ) .
However, I had recently decided to try packaging again and started working on a gem today. timeline-setter. It is a gem to create HTML timelines from spreadsheet of events. I started following the steps in the wiki. Whenever I got errors, Nandaja helped me decode them.
I had an account in Alioth but hadn't used that ever. Also, it took about 1 hour to add ssh key to it. So, I decided to go with mentors. It needed an RFS and I filed one. It was only after filing that, I consulted with Praveen and he said if I had git access. I should use that. People actually like git rather than mentors. Also, I found out that, I had made a typo in the copyright file ( I used GPL instead of MIT). So, I am gonna try git. I am waiting for my ssh key to be added to alioth.
In short, it was awesome to again experience the thrill of hacking, facing errors, solving them and moving forward. I plan to do this more (I always say this, and within two days, my mind would be on something else. :D )