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As of today, we maintain onioncat, torbrowser-launcher, torsocks, vidalia.

Debian Anonymity Tools packaging team


Interacting with the team

Task description

The Debian Anonymity Tools packaging team maintains packages related to anonymity and pseudonymity.

Get involved


We invite all maintainers of anonymity related packages to join the team!

Joining the team is not done by joining the alioth project (technically you can do this, but it's rather pointless), but rather by putting the pkg-anonymity-tools mailing list (pkg-anonymity-tools@lists.alioth.debian.org) into the "Maintainer:" field of your package (and yourself and other people into the "Uploaders:" field) and subscribing to our mailing list.

Once more packages are maintained that way we'll need to see whether we'll need more mailing lists (eg one specific for commit notifications) or if we rely on client side filtering only or what else should be done.


Help squash bugs

Have a look at the bug tracker if you want to help squash bugs from various projects. If you would like to do this long-term, we encourage you to subscribe to the mailing-list.

Bug Triagers

Triaging bugs is welcome!


Reporting bugs

We like to fix bugs in anonymity software. If it's not Debian specific, we'll forward it to upstream. An example of a bug email can be found below.

  To: submit@bugs.debian.org
  From: diligent@testing.linux.org
  Subject: Cannot launch the Tor Browser

  Package: torbrowser-launcher
  Version: 0.1.0-1.2
  Severity: serious

  There is some sort of error with twisted preventing the version check
  information from being downloaded, which in turn prevents the Tor
  Browser from starting at all.

  Here is my output:

  I am using Debian GNU/Linux 7, Kernel: Linux 3.14-1-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores).

Tools and processes

  • We are maintaining the packaging in Git.
  • Whenever possible, use the upstream signed Git tag as the canonical upstream release, and generate the tarball ourselves.
  • We are using source format 3.0 (quilt).
  • We don't apply patches to the upstream source that have not been submitted upstream yet.