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Misc developer news (#14)

In this issue:
+ debhelper third-party command option parsing transition
+ initramfs-tools new Lenny features
+ bts-link supporting more bugtrackers
+ Debian Data Export
+ List of bugs blocking transitions

debhelper third-party command option parsing transition

The next upload of debhelper to unstable is planned soon, and it may
break certian third-party debhelper commands that use certian options.
Such commands need a small modification to keep the options working.
Maintainers of such commands should see the announcement mail[1] for

— Joey Hess


initramfs-tools new Lenny features

initramfs-tools can walk /sys/ for a smaller initramfs, also in some
circumstances you may get an even smaller initramfs. For all the news
read the blog post “initramfs-tools new feature list”.[2]

— Maximilian Attems


bts-link supporting more bugtrackers

bts-link[3] has been recently added support for the GForge/Fusionforge
bugtracker and Sourceforge’s V2 tracker. This opens the possibility to
add `forwarded-to` attributes to track bugs in upstream projects hosted
on such forges, and be notified of bugs state changes.

— Olivier Berger


Debian Data Export

Debian Data Export[4], a system to make it easy to export Debian
information, has been announced[5].

If you want to explore or download the data currently in DDE, you can go

If you maintain some data related to Debian, you are encouraged to have a
look: for simple datasets, publishing data is very simple[6], and it
makes your data easy to find and easy to access.

— Enrico Zini


List of bugs blocking transitions

Library transition season is open, and a lot of packages have to be
rebuilt. This means that some of them will FTBFS, or exhibit some other
problem that will prevent the transition from going forward.

A list of bugs that are blocking transitions is now kept in the BTS via
usertags (, tag:transition-blocker):;tag=transition-blocker

Or, with a nicer URL:

The NMU rules for this set of bugs have been relaxed: packages are
elegible for 0-day uploads if the bug is more than 3 days old. Just be
civil and helpful, and try to honour the wishes of the maintainer.

— Adeodato Simó

— Raphaël Hertzog Le best-seller français mis à jour pour Debian Etch :

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