How to help with fixing debian/watch files

How to write a good debian/watch file

See "man uscan".

Check the common mistakes section of the debian/watch page.

How to test the debian/watch file

By example pqiv 0.12-1:

version=3
https://github.com/phillipberndt/pqiv/tags .*/archive/(\d\S*)\.tar\.gz

uscan --watchfile watch --package pqiv --upstream-version 0.12 --no-download --verbose

uscan --watchfile watch --package pqiv --upstream-version 0 --no-download --verbose

List of debian/watch files with temporary or permanent problems

Here is the list of debian/watch files with temporary or permanent problems : http://qa.debian.org/watch/uscan-errors.txt

More reports are found here.

Removing separate watch files

Separate watch files can be removed the way they are added : via the subversion repository of this Alioth project : https://alioth.debian.org/projects/sepwatch/

There is usually no need to manually remove a separate watch file. The package maintainer can simply upload a new package with a fixed included debian/watch file. The notice on the PTS will automatically disappear.