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News for Debian developers

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duck: checks URLs in debian/control and debian/upstream files

In addition to, running URLs checks on a daily basis, a packaged version is available. It can be run inside package source trees and inspects links, email addresses and Vcs-* URLs in debian/control and upstream metadata files. Please try it out and run duck before your next dupload, to help reduce the number of non-working debcheckouts and URLs in general. Remember, Always duck before dput.

--Simon Kainz attracting more and more contributions where external Debian contributors upload their package to get them in the archive, is always getting more popular. Since its 15 packages waiting for reviews in June 2010, we have now more than 70 packages waiting for review. So if you feel like educating new packaging contributors, it's time to have a look there.

-- Emmanuel Kasper

Debian Maintainer Dashboard: RSS feed available

Christophe Siraut recently improved the Debian Maintainer Dashboard by adding a RSS feed. You can use it to monitor 'TO-DO items' for your packages. That's also a good way to be notified when one of your packages is on the 'removal from testing' list.

-- Lucas Nussbaum

how-can-i-help: monitor opportunities for contributions, and more!

The how-can-i-help package provides a simple tool that lists packages that you have installed locally (or on another system, see the man page for details), and that could use your help or your attention: orphaned packages, bugs tagged 'gift', packages removed from testing, packages that are going to be removed from testing due to RC bugs, requests for sponsorship.

-- Lucas Nussbaum

Common mistakes with OpenPGP keys in Debian

Jo Shields reported on common mistakes that Debian members and contributors are making with their OpenPGP keys. His advice is to add UIDs for all used mail addresses, get all your UIDs signed, make sure you have an encryption subkey, use exact naming in your UIDs, make sure your webmail plugin works and avoid Enigmail. In addition you should follow the OpenPGP best practices. Many of the OpenPGP best practices can be checked using the command Clint Adams shared in his report on Debian keyring weaknesses.

-- Paul Wise

DEP-12 supported by the PTS

Source packages that contain a debian/upstream/metadata file now have an "upstream info" link on their PTS pages. The link currently points at the packages-metadata repository where these files are collected by the upstream metadata gatherer. The debian/upstream/metadata file is a useful way to inform people about upstream version control systems, donation pages, scientific publications and other interesting metadata. Please add it to your packages before your next upload.

-- Paul Wise

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