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Misc Developer News (#31)

In this issue: + amd64 most popular architecture according to popcon + Register your media types to the IANA + First release of dput-ng in Unstable + Recent changes on the Debian QA front + Fancy graphs on lintian.d.o

amd64 most popular architecture according to popcon

Today, amd64 is the architecture with the greatest number of popcon[1]
submissions by a narrow margin. When restricted to submissions from
squeeze users, amd64 has 51% of all submissions and i386 47%.


Register your media types to the IANA

Please consider registering media types to the IANA before requiring
their inclusion in the mime-support[2] package. Simplified registration
procedures for vendor and personal trees are being implemented with the
update of RFC 4288[3], that states: ”it should rarely, if ever, be
necessary to use unregistered types. Therefore, use of types in the “x.”
tree is strongly discouraged.” Charles Plessy has confirmed that the
process is fairly quick and painless by registering
text/vnd.debian.copyright[4] for machine-readable Debian copyright files.

— Charles Plessy


First release of dput-ng in unstable

As seen on debian-devel[5], dput-ng has been uploaded to unstable. Please
feel free to test it, and provide early feedback on it. dput-ng is a
from-scratch rewrite of dput that provides an identical interface for
dput, and a slightly modified one for dcut (since most of us had to look
up the manpage anyway). It supports the new DM permissions, and allows
for more complex hooks to be written to be run before or after an upload.

— Paul Tagliamonte


Recent changes on the Debian QA front

The PTS gained knowledge of the new system for DM access controls and of
upstream URLs that are failing, via the Debian Url ChecKer[6]. The PTS
had various watch-file related improvements, please check your PTS pages
before uploading so you can include new/updated watch files. The PTS now
reports when direct dependencies need a new maintainer. The PTS gained
semantic information using RDF files.

The Debian QA infrastructure always needs more folks working on it, so if
you have some spare time, please check out the code and come join us on
the debian-qa mailing list and IRC channel.

— Paul Wise


Fancy graphs on lintian.d.o

Lintian.d.o now displays graphs over historical data collected for
each tag (like[7] these[8]).
Full credits goes to Jordà Polo for writing the data collection, graph
generation and even updating the templates to show the graphs inline!

Besides the graphs, we are also pleased to announce two other great
changes! First off, it is now possible to mechanically request the
report for a given source package (without knowing its maintainer) by


Currently this just redirects to the maintainer’s lintian report.
Secondly, we have extended Lintian’s work schedule to include i386
experimental! Thus, you may now see multiple reports for the same
source package on your lintian page.

— Niels Thykier



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