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Bits from the PTS

Hi all,

it's been a long time since the last status update about the PTS. So
here it is.

An interesting feature has been added to the PTS a few months ago.
You can add custom information to the PTS web page.

This feature has been documented in the developers-reference :

You can see how "static news" appears on the debian-cd page for example:

Concerning the figures, we have now over 3000 subscriptions from 1500
different emails on 1650 different source packages.

Here's a dump of the relevant paragraphs of the documentation:
This web interface has been designed like a portal for the development
of packages: you can add custom content on your packages' pages. You can
add "static information" (news items that are meant to stay available
indefinitely) and news items in the "latest news" section.

Static news items can be used to indicate:

* the availability of a project hosted on Alioth for co-maintaining
  the package
* a link to the upstream web site
* a link to the upstream bug tracker
* the existence of an IRC channel dedicated to the software
* any other available resource that could be useful in the maintenance
  of the package

Usual news items may be used to announce that:

* beta packages are available for testing
* final packages are expected for next week
* the packaging is about to be redone from scratch
* backports are available
* the maintainer is on vacation (if they wish to publish this
* a NMU is being worked on
* something important will affect the package

Both kinds of news are generated in a similar manner: you just have to
send an email either to pts-static-news@qa.debian.org or to
pts-news@qa.debian.org. The mail should indicate which package is
concerned by having the name of the source package in a X-PTS-Package
mail header or in a Package pseudo-header (like the BTS reports). If a
URL is available in the X-PTS-Url mail header or in the Url
pseudo-header, then the result is a link to that URL instead of a
complete news item.

Here are a few examples of valid mails used to generate news items in
the PTS. The first one adds a link to the cvsweb interface of debian-cd
in the "Static information" section:

     From: Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org>
     To: pts-static-news@qa.debian.org
     Subject: Browse debian-cd CVS repository with cvsweb
     Package: debian-cd
     Url: http://cvs.debian.org/debian-cd/

The second one is an announcement sent to a mailing list which is also
sent to the PTS so that it is published on the PTS web page of the
package. Note the use of the BCC field to avoid answers sent to the PTS
by mistake.

     From: Raphael Hertzog <hertzog@debian.org>
     To: debian-gtk-gnome@lists.debian.org
     Bcc: pts-news@qa.debian.org
     Subject: Galeon 2.0 backported for woody
     X-PTS-Package: galeon
     Hello gnomers!
     I'm glad to announce that galeon has been backported for woody. You'll find
     everything here:

Think twice before adding a news item to the PTS because you won't be
able to remove it later and you won't be able to edit it either. The
only thing that you can do is send a second news item that will
deprecate the information contained in the previous one.  

Raphaël Hertzog -+- http://www.ouaza.com
Formation Linux et logiciel libre : http://www.logidee.com
Earn money with free software: http://www.geniustrader.org

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