New Debian Maintainer Tutorial

Key Changes

The debian-maintainers keyring is updated with a new version of the debian-keyring package.

Its keys are not kept in sync with the keyservers. All changes to the debian-maintainers keyring are done by the Debian keyring maintainers in their working tree.

Simple updates to keys (new UIDs, updated expiry dates) should be sent via HKP to

gpg --keyserver --send-key <mykeyid>

The update will then be folded into the active DM keyring on the next keyring promote (usually at least once a month).

Note that the keyring maintainers are not the appropriate people to contact about getting your initial key into the DM keyring.

The DM team makes the decisions about adding new keys and will then request the addition by the keyring maintainers.

Annual ping

Debian Maintainers must reconfirm their interest annually to keep their keys in the debian-maintainers keyring by filing a signed bug report against the debian-maintainers pseudo package.

Key replacement/removal

Follow the instructions on - email with "Debian RT" as part of the subject (plus something descriptive). You will need to inline sign your email; RT unfortunately mangles PGP/MIME signatures.

For key replacement please read (and follow!) the rules for key replacement in the Debian keyring.

In particular your new key will need signed by at least 2 DDs and the request either needs to be signed by one of those keys or your old key (assuming the request for replacement isn't due to compromise).

Uploading packages

Once you have your key in the debian-maintainers keyring, you will be able to upload packages, where the following conditions hold:

This tutorial explains how a DebianMaintainer (DM) would upload to Debian, it assumes that one is already familiar with tools like debsign & dput.

fqdn                    =
incoming                = /pub/UploadQueue/
login                   = anonymous
allow_dcut              = 1
method                  = ftp

fqdn                    =
method                  = ftp
incoming                = /pub/UploadQueue/
login                   = anonymous
allow_dcut              = 1

Once configured, you can start the upload using YOURPKG_VER.SION.changes.

Access to Porter Machines

Sometimes you would like to investigate something on one of the DebianMachines. For instance, a build failure on a specific hardware architecture (i.e. sparc, ia64, etc).

To request access to a porter machine, please refer to