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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
details.

— Joey Hess

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/02/msg00387.html

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

[2] http://www.itp.tuwien.ac.at/~mattems/blog/2009/02/05#initramfs-tools-lenny-features

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

[3] http://bts-link.alioth.debian.org/

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
to http://dde.debian.net/dde

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

[4] http://wiki.debian.org/DDE
[5] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/02/msg00247.html
[6] http://wiki.debian.org/DDE/StaticData

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 (user:debian-release@lists.debian.org, tag:transition-blocker):

http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?users=debian-release@lists.debian.org;tag=transition-blocker

Or, with a nicer URL:

http://snipr.com/transition-blockers

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 : http://www.ouaza.com/livre/admin-debian/

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