The aim of this article is to collect the needed steps/tips (a little more than what's in the DSA email) once you finally reach the state of DD. A similar collection is DebianServiceForDD.

This article should probably be merged into a new section in the first chapter of the developers-reference.

Initial Steps

So first go and update your information at

Then, a really nice feature is using ssh key authentication, as written at and

Then update your DEBEMAIL shell variable, and all other configuration files where your previous email address was written (to name one, ~/.reportbugrc)

DDPO Pages

All your previous uploads are under a DDPO page (let's take the example from my own) but now you (probably) start using your account for future upload (like me).

Since uploading just to change the email address is damn wrong, it would be helpful to merge the old account into the new one.

Currently there is a way, described on DDPO main page: send an email to and issue a subscribe <source package name> [<section>] command (even more in the same email).

As explained in this bug 499638 (where I asked to provide a way to do it a single command), there is another way: keep looking at the old DDPO page but adding the address as uploader, to show packages sponsored by that id.

Maybe, the best solution is to use names instead of emails, Sandro Tosi, that groups up all the info for that guy (of course if you don't have an homonyms ;) )


All the bugs you submitted were filed with a different address, you can use the link on the BTS page to see them and use bts submitter <bugnr> ! commands to change the bugsubmitter (on unarchived bugs) when you changed the DEBEMAIL shell variable.

If you want to change the bugsubmitter and owner of all bugs in a list of e-mails, archived and unarchived, you can use this shell script:


# export
# ./bts-submitter ... | mail

set -e

for field in submitter owner
    for email in $@
        echo "# bugs with $field $email"
        for bug in `bts select $field:$email`
            echo $field $bug !
echo thanks

Note: Some maintainers are annoyed by what they perceive as a vanity update on the bugs, so you might want to be careful about this kind of bulk updating.

OpenPGP Key Sign Offering

Consider adding yourself to Debian OpenPGP Signing Coordination page, so that other in need for a sign on their key by a DD could leverage your brand new status :)


Since Salsa is pretty new, some steps may be missing.

Account migration

An account will be created for you, see Salsa/Doc#Users:_Login_and_Registration for details on how to activate it.

Login with your old -guest account and:

Logout, set the password for your new account if you haven't already and login with it, then:

E-Mail Setup in General

Many DDs prefer to use their address when communicating with or via Debian or derivatives. Some mail programs allow to automate this:


Use send-hooks in your .muttrc:

# Default value to reset the value on the next mail
send-hook . 'my_hdr From: Axel Beckert <>'
send-hook . 'unmy_hdr Organization'
send-hook . 'set signature="~/.mutt/signatures/default"'

# Use address when sending to Debian or Ubuntu related addresses
send-hook '~C "@(.*\.)?(debian|ubuntu|launchpad)\."' 'my_hdr From: Axel Beckert <>'
send-hook '~C "@(.*\.)?(debian|ubuntu|launchpad)\."' 'my_hdr Organization: The Debian Project'
send-hook '~C "@(.*\.)?(debian|ubuntu|launchpad)\."' 'set signature="~/.mutt/signatures/debian"'

That way your address is always used if one of the recipients' e-mail address (including the BTS) contain the strings debian, ubuntu or launchpad (followed by a dot).


You can send emails directly from gmail using your account by selecting the "From :" field in the gmail message interface. To be able to have your account configured in that list you will need to go to the "Send mail as" section of your settings.

Note that you cannot use here as it does not allow authenticated connections and gmail requires it.

In your configuration, use:

Just search "send emails via" if you need a more detailed guide on how to rend emails in Gmail with custom domain.

You can also refer to Ubuntu's documentation that describes how they do it with Gmail, which is pretty detailed:


Being a Debian contributor confers certain benefits when dealing with several external organisations. You may want to use those benefits.