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Misc Developer News (#33)

In this issue:
+ Debian sysadmin sprint
+ Introducing
+ codesearch.d.n source code released
+ Targets for package review
+ DDPO improvements

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Debian sysadmin sprint

The Debian System Administration team reported[1] on their recent sprint.
They discussed many topics, including hardware hosting, virtual machines,
CDNs, SSO & alioth, disaster recovery, contacting the team, monthly
meetings, monitoring, problematic architectures[2], service guidelines,
on-demand VMs for experiments, hostname bikeshedding, mail infrastructure
changes and ‘ud’ the new account management tool. They are looking for
help with auto-disabling unused accounts, centralising information about
systems and adding SSO to RT.

— Paul Wise


——————————[3] is a new service[4] that allows browsing the source
code of Debian packages on the web with syntax highlighting. It is
updated four times a day and contains source code for all suites in the
Debian archive. It currently uses around 381 GB of disk space for
uncompressed source packages and around 83 GB for the source package
mirror. It is integrated into codesearch.d.n and the PTS. It was created
by Stefano Zacchiroli and the web front-end was written by Matthieu

— Paul Wise


codesearch.d.n source code released
———————————–[5] by Michael Stapelberg allows to quickly search
through 130 GiB of the Debian sources. This service has various use
cases: from determining the sources of cryptic error messages to pining
down material in the archive with questionable legal terms. As promised,
Michael has released the sources[6] of the engine under the 3-clause BSD
license allowing for wider adoption and improvements. The PTS gained a
“search source code” box that redirects to the Debian Code Search site.

— Yaroslav Halchenko


Targets for package review

If you have some spare time and are interested in getting more involved
in Debian QA work, the list of packages that have never had a bug[7]
filed against them is a great place to start. The list can be sorted by
source package, maintainer, popcon, first upload date or last upload
date. Packages in this list may be perfect or for a specific audience or
very new packages or simply never have received enough attention from
users. In any case it is possible that these packages need a review from
a user perspective, a review of the source code or both. For easy
reference you can use the short URL Thanks go to
Ivo De Decker for implementing the list.

— Paul Wise


DDPO improvements

The central package overview for developers, [8], has some new features
that can be configured with the (often overlooked) settings at the bottom
of the page:

* You can optionally exclude packages for which you are just a
* You can enable a column for the package description (instead of just
having it as a tooltip of the package name, as it was before).
* You can turn the buildd-column into a condensed display of the actual
buildd state.

Additionally, the header links to your personal bug statistics graph.
These changes were brought to you by Marcin Owsiany and me, and reviewed,
fixed and applied by Paul Wise. If you want to make that tool more useful
to you: The code is in the qa team’s SVN repository[9].

— Joachim “nomeata” Breitner



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