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Paul Wise has some more [[PaulWise#service-ideas|service ideas]].

Debian services

This page is maintained in association to discussions held on the Debian Services Admin mailing list and lists services running on Debian machines, be they Web services, mail gateways, command line tools or anything else.

If you run or know about a Debian service, that is not listed here, then you're welcome to add it using the "Add a new service" button below. For additional information see the original announcement of this page.

Note that official services on debian.org machines are maintained by the DSA team (Debian System Administration team).

More unofficial services, (sometimes experimental) are hosted on debian.net machines and maintained by Debian project members.

If you are experimenting for a future service, you are advised to talk to the DSA team early in advance, so that you maximize the chances that you will meet the requirements for a production system on debian.org machines. You may take a look at the service hosting advice and ask for guidance on the debian-services-admin@l.d.o mailing list.

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Services confirmed by the Census


  • Service Name: Alioth

  • Service Short Description: Debian server running ?FusionForge (used to be GForge). It's much like sourceforge or savannah but it's a service for Debian Developers and all other kinds of contributors together

  • Service Documentation: Alioth

  • Service Status : Working1

  • Service Maintainer(s): Roland Mas, Christian Bayle, Stephen Gran, Tollef Fog Heen



  • Service Name: Buildd.Net

  • Service Short Description: (unofficial) Buildd centric view on the autobuilder network

  • Service Documentation: http://www.buildd.net/

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): ?IngoJuergensmann

Debian CD builder

Debian CD search engine

Circular dependencies tracker

  • Service Name: Circular dependencies tracker

  • Service URI: http://debian.semistable.com/debgraph.out.html

  • Service Short Description: list circular dependencies in Debian

  • Service Documentation:

  • Source Code:

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): Robert Lemmen

Debian Data Export (down, RFA)

  • Service Name: DDE

  • Service Short Description: A system to make it easy to publish data related to Debian

  • Service Documentation: DDE

  • Service Status : Down, RFA

  • Service Maintainer(s): EnricoZini, looking for other people to take care of it


  • Service Name: ?DebDelta

  • Service Short Description: debdelta is an application suite designed to compute changes between Debian packages. There is a server that generates deltas for upgrades of packages in the Debian repository archives

  • Service Documentation: http://debdelta.debian.net/

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): A Mennucc

Debian Archive

Debian Enhancement Proposals

Debian Metrics Portal

Debian Package Tracker

Debian Package Tracking System


Debian Popularity Contest

Debian Security Tracker

  • Service Name: Debian Security Tracker

  • Service Short Description: Vulnerability tracking for the Debian project

  • Service Documentation: This service maps CVE vulnerability names to affected Debian packages and records fixed versions.

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): team@security.debian.org, security-tracker@lists.debian.org

Debian ShortURL Service

  • Service Name: go.debian.net / deb.li

  • Service Short Description: ShortURL Service for debian (like goo.gl/bit.ly), but with Debian-only access.

  • Service Documentation: deb.li

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): BerndZeimetz <bzed>

Debian Snapshot Service

Debian manpages archive

Debian/m68k buildd ara5

  • Service Name: ara5.mirbsd.org buildd

  • Service Short Description: Autobuilder for the m68k architecture (ARAnyM)

  • Service Documentation: private access, hosted at GPLHost

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): ThorstenGlaser


Debian Bug Tracking System

Debian Build Logs

  • Service Name: Debian Build Logs

  • Service Short Description: Collection of all Logs of the Services/DebianBuilddNetwork

  • Service Documentation: https://buildd.debian.org/

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): Debian Autobuild Maintainers

Debian Buildd Network

  • Service Name: Debian Buildd Network

  • Service Short Description: Debian Autobuilder Network for official architectures

  • Service Documentation: https://www.debian.org/devel/buildd/

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): Debian Autobuild Maintainers

Debian Catalan Localization Bot

Debian Contributors

Debian Font Review

Debian Single Sign On

  • Service Name: sso.debian.org

  • Service Short Description: Web Single-Sign-On

  • Service Documentation: DebianSingleSignOn

  • Service Status : Working, Needs Help

  • Service Maintainer(s): Martin Zobel-Helas, EnricoZini

Debian Sources



Debian derivatives census

Duplication Detector

  • Service Name: dedup.debian.net

  • Service Short Description: Detects duplication of content among Debian binary packages

  • Service Documentation: dedup.debian.net

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): Helmut Grohne <helmutg>

Edos Outdated Packages

Edos Debcheck

Edos File Overwrite Errors


  • Service Name: IRC

  • Service Short Description: Debian IRC network

  • Service Documentation: https://wiki.debian.org/IRC/

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): OFTC.net (SPI)


Moving KGB to a DSA-hosted server

Here are some notes about a possible approach to moving the KGB service to a DSA-hosted server.


  • High availability
  • No need to mail the service administrators

Why not

  • different organisation. changes can be hard


KGB already supports conf.d/-style config snippets which makes it possible to separate the configuration of different projects. The hard parts are:

  • make sure that only the original submitter can alter the configuration of her project
  • avoid clashes between the configs of the different projects

All requests for changes need to be signed by a key in the debian developer/maintainer keyrings. The requests are sent to control@kgb.debian.org. Non-signed mails are ignored.

A procmail receipe is created for the control@kgb.debian.org mail, which stores the requests using unique names in /var/lib/kgb/requests. A new daemon process is created on the server polling the directory and serving the requests in the order they have arrived. That process verifies request signature and checks for conflicts. Results are stored under /etc/kgb-bot/conf.d/, named $project.conf. That file has one or more comments # Maintainer: <key-id> in it , showing who can issue the get-config request. /etc/kgb-bot/conf.d/ is under Git control and every change is committed with the mail text used as a commit message.

After each request is processed, results are sent back to the sender and the bot is reloaded.

A new tool is created, kgb-project-admin which helps create and sign requests. It supports the following operations:

  • add-project
    • Prompts interactively for project name, IRC channel name, IRC network (oftc/freenode), password and whether to mirror the notifications to #CIA on freenode. Maintainer is assumed to be the user running the helper (via $DEB_FULL_NAME and $DEB_EMAIL).

  • add-maintainer <project> <maintainer>

  • remove-maintainer <project> <maintainer>

  • change-password <project>

    • Prompts for the new password
  • remove-project <project>

  • get-config <project>

  • more…?


We already keep projects' configuration in separate files (AFAIK). What we possibly miss is the maintainer keys. Perhaps personal mail archives can help here. A mail to debian-devel-announce may be needed at some point. That could also help in making projects change their client configuration to refer to kgb.debian.org instead of the three servers currently used. DNS aliasing seems possible (as long as projects' client configuration refers to kgb.*) for KGB-0 and KGB-1, but not KGB-2.

Work plan

  • Get in touch with the DSA and have their input on the overall mechanics
  • Implement the new request-serving process
  • Implement kgb-project-admin

  • Update the kgb-bot package and make it available for the stable distribution via backports
  • Request a new server from the DSA and install/configure everything
  • Migrate existing projects' configuration
  • Mail debian-devel-announce, add an entry for the developer news
  • Wait for people to migrate their client configurations
  • Stop the current bot instances

Machine-Parseable website stats


NTP server pool

  • Service Name: NTP pool

  • Service Short Description: Pool of NTP (network time protocol) servers, used for default ntp installations, e.g. 0.debian.pool.ntp.org

  • Service Documentation:

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): http://www.pool.ntp.org ?

Package Entropy Tracker (PET)

Public UDD Mirror

  • Service Name: Public UDD Mirror

  • Service URI: http://public-udd-mirror.xvm.mit.edu/

  • Service Short Description: A publicly-query-able Postgres service which is a mirror of the Ultimate Debian Database (UDD); it self-updates every 6 hours

  • Service Documentation: The website, plus the source code, are all the documentation there is.

  • Source Code: https://github.com/paulproteus/public-udd-mirror

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): AsheeshLaroia and MattiaRizzolo

  • Service Hosting: MIT's XVM community within SIPB, the student computing organization

  • Service Authentication:

    • The public service is available to anyone; no authentication.
    • The backend is administered by SSH key, right now with mapreri and paulproteus@debian having access.
  • Service weaknesses:

    • runs from cron
    • it would be better to have even more monitoring, but it has some degree of self-monitoring.

RSS to identi.ca (debian@identi.ca)

  • Service Name: RSS to identi.ca (pump.io social network)

  • Service Short Description: cron job in a personal server which launches spigot to publish several RSS feeds in the Debian official account in the pump.io network (currently, bits.debian.org every 11 min, https://www.debian.org/News/news every 16 min)

  • Service Documentation: https://lists.debian.org/debian-publicity/2015/03/msg00007.html

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): LauraArjona

  • Service Hosting: personal server at home

  • Service weaknesses: Spigot is not packaged in Debian (yet, RFP #792607). Spigot breaks when parsing the Debian Project News RSS feed (bug #781351, next release of Spigot hopefully will handle that).

Real-time communications (SIP, XMPP, TURN)


  • Service Name: SNITCH Status

  • Service Short Description: Status page for important Debian service

  • Service Documentation: missing?

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): Paul Tagliamonte

Ultimate Debian Database (UDD)

  • Service Name: search.d.o

  • Service Short Description: Website Search

  • Service Documentation:

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): enrico, geissert, olly


FTP-Master api


Debian Bootstrappability


Continuous Integration

  • Service Name: Debian Continuous Integration

  • Service Short Description: runs tests for packages whenever there is a new version of the package or of any package in its dependency chain

  • Service Documentation: http://ci.debian.net/doc/

  • Service Status : Working (looking forward to move to official infrastructure; some evolution still needed before that is possible)

  • Service Maintainer(s): AntonioTerceiro

  • Service Hosting: worker host on Amazon EC2, public web server on personal VPS (linode)

  • Service Authentication: public



  • Service Name: db.debian.org

  • Service Short Description: debian.org LDAP Search

  • Service Documentation:

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): admin@db.debian.org

debchanges (discontinued)

  • Service Name: debchanges

  • Service Short Description: RSS feeds of changes to mirror directories

  • Service Documentation: Missing

  • Service Status : Down, orphaned. No known users.

  • Service Maintainer(s): EnricoZini

debian-devel-changes bot

Media Cover Generator

  • Service Name: Debian Media Cover Generator

  • Service URI: http://debian.semistable.com

  • Service Short Description: (unofficial) generator for CD/DVD covers

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): ?RobertLemmen

Distromatch (down, RFA)

dpkg (irc bot)



  • Service Name: Github redirector

  • Service Short Description: Mostly obsolete service (although still quite used) to track new upstream versions as tags in Github

  • Service Documentation: A long time ago, Github didn't provide an easily-queriable interface where tags could be navigated (but they do now). This service was set up to ease the creation of debian/watch files.

  • Service Status : <Working>

  • Service Maintainer(s): Gunnar Wolf <gwolf@debian.org>


  • Service Name: gobby.debian.org

  • Service URI: infinote://gobby.debian.org/ http://gobby.debian.org/export/

  • Service Short Description: gobby server

  • Service Documentation: gobby.debian.org

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): Philip Kern

Hackage integration


judd (irc bot)

Keylog (down)

  • Service Name: keylog

  • Service Short Description: Per-key audit log of Debian uploads

  • Service Documentation: Missing

  • Service Status : Down, reeds rewriting and integrating with echelon

  • Service Maintainer(s): EnricoZini


  • Service Name: keyring.debian.org

  • Service Short Description: HKP/rsync access to the Debian developer, maintainer and non-uploading developer keyrings

  • Service Documentation: http://keyring.debian.org/

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): GunnarWolf, JonathanMcDowell

  • Service Hosting: debian.org




  • Service Name: minechangelogs

  • Service Short Description: Search words in Debian changelogs

  • Service Documentation: none

  • Service Status : Working, as part of nm.debian.org

  • Service Maintainer(s): EnricoZini



  • Service Name: paste.debian.net

  • Service Short Description: Debian pastebin

  • Service Documentation: ?

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): ?AlexanderWirt



Debian Member Portfolio Service


  • Service Name: pypi.debian.net

  • Service Short Description: PyPI redirector

  • Service Documentation: TODO

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): PiotrOzarowski

rapt-file server (down, RFA)

  • Service Name: rapt-file server index

  • Service Short Description: Remote apt-file index

  • Service Documentation: Missing

  • Service Status : Went down when DDE went down, RFA

  • Service Maintainer(s): EnricoZini, looking for adopter



Debian Timeline


  • Service Name: vote.debian.org

  • Service Short Description: Host for DeVotE

  • Service Documentation: http://vote.debian.org

  • Service Status : Working

  • Service Maintainer(s): Project Secretary

Services missing from the census

Please keep the services sorted alphabetically


Short description





Shapado instance for Debian

Not yet


Fernando C. Estrada, Luis Uribe, and Stefano Zacchiroli

Blends web sentinel

Tasks & Bugs pages for instance for DebianScience

Documented in Blends docs




Monitoring of links between debbugs and "upstream" bug reports

See http://bts-link.alioth.debian.org/


Sandro Tosi


Debian Developer Package Overview

Don't know




Debian Description Translation Project





Debian Description Translation Service Satellite


Working, replacement in progress



Emdebian Integration experiments




debian/watch proxy for Ruby packages published at rubygems.org




Haskell Package tracking (1,2)

Version comparison Debian/Hackage, Hackage integration










Get Debian





Debian mirrors HTTP Redirector





Debian forums


Debian backports website


Debian Sources List Generator


Debian micro-blogging account

Services wishlist

These are services that have either been suggested, requested, wondered about or where we are currently using external services instead of Debian hosted services.

Microblogging service like pump.io or ?StatusNet. We currently use pump.io on identi.ca

Web-based meeting time poll service for teams. We currently use various external services.

Calendar service for Debian conferences, meetings, BSPs etc with data export for calendaring. We currently use the wiki, websites and mailing lists for these.

Web-based interface to the contents of binary packages has been suggested a lot.

Web-based collaborative text editing interface. We have gobby but it doesn't yet have a web interface. We also have whiteboard but it isn't integrated with gobby and doesn't get used very much. Most folks use various Etherpad instances.

Web-based collaborative spreadsheet editing interface. DSA uses Google Docs for this. Possible options include ethercalc (NodeJS) and ethersheet (NodeJS).

Web-based map and data export to the various data about locations associated with Debian. This comes up a lot for keysigning and other things.

Redirector for Debian meetings-archive and Debian CD images, there was a discussion about using mirrorbrain for this.

Paul Wise has some more service ideas.

  1. Several features still have not be added back since the failure of "alioth" at the end of 2013 such as the gitweb view for guest user space and guest user webspace for hosting packages. (1)