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new Debian packaging tool: cme with dpkg plugin

cme and its dpkg plugin provide a new tool to help maintain Debian packages. cme provides a GUI to edit package files and a CLI to modify or check these files. Editing or modifying package file with cme automatically upgrades package files to newer syntax.

cme stands "config model editor" and is a generic tool to edit configuration files. cme requires plugins to work. The dpkg plugin (aka model) enables cme to work on Debian package files. Currently, it supports control, copyright (DEP-5), patches (DEP-3) and some other files like compat.

For installation and usage instructions, please read Managing Debian packages wiki page

-- Dominique Dumont

Empty binary packages

Empty binary packages will now be automatically rejected by ftp-master. This can be overridden however. The archive software (dak) uses the lintian empty-binary-package tag to determine which binary packages are empty.

-- Paul Wise

Improving Large File Support (LFS)

Our Large File Support on some 32-bit architectures is a bit poor, and this has been going on for a while now.

Please consider enabling LFS on packages containing programs at any point, and on shared library packages whenever there's a SONAME bump. Even if neither of these are supposed to handle large files, they might still fail if they need to operate on files with large metadata values (like inode numbers). See this mail and the above lintian tag for more details.

-- Guillem Jover

bts-link has recently been improved to add support for Allura trackers that are used on Sourceforge. If Debian bug reports have a Forwarded-To link pointing to URL patterns of the form, bts-link is now able to analyse the remote bug status to detect changes and notify. Allura support is not limited to, so adding other Allura trackers may be requested if needed.

-- Olivier Berger

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