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In this issue:
 + debhelper third-party command option parsing transition
 + initramfs-tools new Lenny features
 + bts-link supporting more bugtrackers
 + Debian Data Export
 + List of bugs blocking transitions

debhelper third-party command option parsing transition

 The next upload of debhelper to unstable is planned soon, and it may
 break certian third-party debhelper commands that use certian options.
 Such commands need a small modification to keep the options working.
 Maintainers of such commands should see the announcement mail[1] for

  -- Joey Hess

 [1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/02/msg00387.html

initramfs-tools new Lenny features

 initramfs-tools can walk /sys/ for a smaller initramfs, also in some
 circumstances you may get an even smaller initramfs. For all the news
 read the blog post “initramfs-tools new feature list”.[2]

  -- Maximilian Attems

 [2] http://www.itp.tuwien.ac.at/~mattems/blog/2009/02/05#initramfs-tools-lenny-features

bts-link supporting more bugtrackers

 bts-link[3] has been recently added support for the GForge/Fusionforge
 bugtracker and Sourceforge's V2 tracker. This opens the possibility to
 add `forwarded-to` attributes to track bugs in upstream projects hosted
 on such forges, and be notified of bugs state changes.

  -- Olivier Berger

 [3] http://bts-link.alioth.debian.org/

Debian Data Export

 Debian Data Export[4], a system to make it easy to export Debian
 information, has been announced[5].

 If you want to explore or download the data currently in DDE, you can go
 to http://dde.debian.net/dde

 If you maintain some data related to Debian, you are encouraged to have a
 look: for simple datasets, publishing data is very simple[6], and it
 makes your data easy to find and easy to access.

  -- Enrico Zini

 [4] http://wiki.debian.org/DDE
 [5] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2009/02/msg00247.html
 [6] http://wiki.debian.org/DDE/StaticData

List of bugs blocking transitions

 Library transition season is open, and a lot of packages have to be
 rebuilt. This means that some of them will FTBFS, or exhibit some other
 problem that will prevent the transition from going forward.

 A list of bugs that are blocking transitions is now kept in the BTS via
 usertags (user:debian-release@lists.debian.org, tag:transition-blocker):

 Or, with a nicer URL:

 The NMU rules for this set of bugs have been relaxed: packages are
 elegible for 0-day uploads if the bug is more than 3 days old. Just be
 civil and helpful, and try to honour the wishes of the maintainer.

  -- Adeodato Simó

Raphaël Hertzog

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