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Misc Developer News (#27)

In this issue: + Planet Debian Derivatives + win32-loader.exe now eases access to the GNU/Hurd Debian-Installer + Wiki bugstatus extended to Launchpad bugs + dh-exec enters unstable + derivatives patch generation prototype

Planet Debian Derivatives
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The first concrete outcome from the Debian derivatives census[1] is the
creation of Planet Debian Derivatives[2]. For those of you who are
interested in the activites of distributions derived from Debian, it
aggregates the blogs and planets of all the distributions represented in
the derivatives census. The list of feeds will be expanded
semi-automatically as more distributions participate in the census and
maintainers of census pages add new blog and planet URLs. Further
integration[3] of information about derivatives into Debian
infrastructure is planned, with the next target being package
information.

— Paul Wise

[1] http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Census
[2] http://planet.debian.org/deriv/
[3] http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Integration

win32-loader.exe now eases access to the GNU/Hurd Debian-Installer
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Since its 0.7.4 version and thanks to Samuel Thibault, the standalone
flavour of win32-loader.exe[4] (available from the mirrors network), now
allows one to easily reboot a Windows host in the GNU/Hurd
Debian-Installer.

When run from a Windows host, this executable downloads the
Debian-Installer and configures the Windows bootloader to allow a
seamless reboot to the Debian-Installer. It is supposed to work on all
known Windows versions and can download the GNU/Linux, the GNU/kFreeBSD
or the GNU/Hurd Debian-Installer flavours.

— Didier Raboud

[4] http://ftp.ch.debian.org/debian/tools/win32-loader/unstable/win32-loader.exe

Wiki bugstatus extended to Launchpad bugs
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The bug status JavaScript on the wiki checks the status of bugs, adds a
useful title and applies different styles depending on if they are closed
or open. Thanks to some help from Paul Tagliamonte[5], links to the
Launchpad bug tracker are now supported in addition to the existing
support for the Debian bug tracker. To use this, use the UbuntuBug or
LaunchpadBug InterWiki[6] links, or just link to Launchpad bugs with a
normal link. If you would like to extend this support to other bug
trackers, please check out the wiki config[7] and submit a bug with patch
to the wiki.debian.org[8] pseudo-package.

— Paul Wise

[5] http://wiki.debian.org/PaulTagliamonte
[6] http://wiki.debian.org/InterWiki
[7] http://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianWiki#Infrastructure
[8] http://bugs.debian.org/wiki.debian.org

dh-exec enters unstable
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Debhelper (in compat level 9 and above) allows its config files to be
executable, and uses the output of suchs scripts as if it was the content
of the config file.

dh-exec[9] is a collection of scripts and programs to help creating such
scripts in a standardised and easy to understand fashion.

The collection provides helpers for the following tasks:

* Expanding variables in various debhelper files (either from the
environment, or variables known to dpkg-architecture – including
multi-arch ones)
* An extension to dh_install, that supports renaming files during the
copy process, using an extended syntax.

dh-exec is available in unstable, ready to be used by anyone who needs
either of the above features.

— Gergely Nagy

[9] https://github.com/algernon/dh-exec

derivatives patch generation prototype
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The second concrete outcome from the Debian derivatives census[10]
integration[11] is the generation of debdiffs between Debian and our
derivatives[12]. For those of you who are interested in the patches
applied by distributions derived from Debian, the service uses the
snapshots.debian.org[13] database and files to generate a set of patches
for all the distributions represented in the derivatives census that have
deb-src entries in their apt sources.list snippet. The service is not yet
live due to a number of issues. When the service goes live the set of
patches will be expanded automatically as more distributions participate
in the census and maintainers of census pages add deb-src lines to their
apt sources.list snippets. Further integration[14] of information about
derivatives into Debian infrastructure is planned, with the next target
being more integration of derivatives package information.

— Paul Wise

[10] http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Census
[11] http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Integration
[12] http://lists.debian.org/debian-derivatives/2011/10/msg00061.html
[13] http://snapshots.debian.org
[14] http://wiki.debian.org/Derivatives/Integration

– bye, pabs http://wiki.debian.org/PaulWise

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