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 * [[Teams/DebianPerlGroup/OpenTasks/Transitions/Perl4CoreLibs|Perl4 core libs]]:
   * deprecated in 5.14, removed in 5.16 => wait for Wheezy release and then NMU the packages that shall be updated (when we have patches)

Debian Perl Group - Open tasks

This page collects ideas for tasks within the Teams/DebianPerlGroup. These tasks can be worked on at DebCamp or might be tackled by volunteers "at home".

It should have an up to date list of open tasks, please remove completed tasks; for documentation please add links to the History section below (instead of adding them in between the tasks here).

Release-critical bugs


  • perl 5.16 transition: fix bugs: fix bugs and forward upstream, but the transition won't happen in unstable before Wheezy is released


List of tasks that need to be performed on all/many of our packages; or maintenance tools ...


(not exclusively a pkg-perl topic but still)

We more or less decided to focus on PET, among our tools that need love, during the DebConf12-DebConf13 year.

  • move to Alioth [Ansgar]
  • set up a BTS virtual package for PET [dkg]
  • nag other users of PET so that they help, or at least report bugs / missing features [intrigeri]
  • list (and possibly implemente -- in Python) features we need on the BTS:
    • track patches
    • others?



  • find a co-maintainer for dh-make-perl
  • continue breaking it into isolated modules
  • improve POD coverage
  • TODO

  • bugs

  • combine dh-make-perl's "refresh" with cme's update functionality


  • Rewrite packagecheck (in Perl, modular, maybe not only for pkg-perl)
    • packagecheck provides some function of "cme check dpkg". It may be better to improve dpkg model taking into account our needs (dod)

  • lintian checks or a lintian vendor profile or something similar; list things we could want to check here:
    • uploading d/changelog with unresolved TODO / WAIT-FOR / etc.

Recurring tasks

  • Check RFP/ITP packages
  • Yearly cleanup (remove packages from Git that were injected but never finished for upload)
    • retrieve the list is taken from PET ("New packages" section

    • send the list to our mailing-list, with some deadline (example email

    • wait until the deadline expires
    • delete the Git repositories using the remove-repository script

  • Next alioth project member ping: send a "ping" ("Do you still want to be a member?") to those who haven't done something for $time, and remove those who reply with "No" or who don't reply. In order to get a more realistic picture, and maybe also to remove unnecessary permissions. Ansgar has run such a "ping" once (only for non-DD group members, IIRC), and this is a reminder to do it again.
  • Run 'get-ubuntu-packages | sort -u | lp-mass-subscribe' (scripts located in scripts/ directory in pkg-perl git repository) to subscribe our Launchpad team, ~pkg-perl-maintainers to all bugs concerning packages we maintain. This script must be run by a Launchpad team administrator.

When a new Perl hits unstable

When oldstable is archived

  • Update (build) dependencies. E.g. once Lenny is archived, there's no need for "perl (>= 5.10.1) | libFOO-perl ()" anymore, or to depend on versions of packages that are already satisfied in current stable.

  • cme fix dpkg -from control -filter Depends, with mass-commit in our script repo

Background tasks

Things that would be nice to do, often repetitive. Can be done globally, or every time you work on a specific package.

  • Forward all (non Debian specific) patches upstream and add the CPAN RT ids to the patch headers [tools: forward-bug/forward-patch exists (ghedo++), patchedit exists (jozef++)]
  • Fix common lintian-errors repo-wide (e.g. errors from pod2man, missing patch descriptions, ...) - some stuff fixed, other is more easily fixed by "dh-make-perl --refresh" on the next upgrade ...

Nice to have, some day

  • Write team-specific questions for NM templates (Enrico's mail).

    • Random ideas: fix a Perl bug, update a Perl package to the group standards, adopt a package into the Perl group.
  • NM tasks for teams -- found in an even older mail from Enrico :)