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Misc developer news (#19)

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In this issue:
 + GPG key signing coordination moved to wiki.debian.org
 + Debian OpenSSH VCS changeover, and call for help
 + Easier for customization on LXDE now
 + WNPP BTS report now categorised
 + Update about "3.0 (quilt)" source format

GPG key signing coordination moved to wiki.debian.org

 The GPG key signing coordination pages have been moved from the old
 PHP-driven system to the Debian wiki, where they can be edited much more

  * http://wiki.debian.org/Keysigning
  * http://wiki.debian.org/Keysigning/Offers
  * http://wiki.debian.org/Keysigning/Need

  -- Christoph Berg

Debian OpenSSH VCS changeover, and call for help

 I'd like help maintaining the vital OpenSSH packages in Debian, and have
 finally managed to get the package history into a better VCS so that this
 is actually possible. See
 http://lists.debian.org/debian-ssh/2010/01/msg00017.html and
 http://wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianSsh for more information. Please
 contact me if you're a Debian developer interested in helping out.

  -- Colin Watson

Easier for customization on LXDE now

 Several LXDE components updated and changed stats recently in sid.

 It brings a custom session name support in lxsession and made lxpanel be
 able to read XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP and show applications menu of other DE
 instead of LXDE ones which would make a customized LXDE much easier with
 Debian Pure Blends.

 The lxnm and lxpanel-netstat-plugin are both deprecated. It's
 recommended to transition lxnm to wicd and other Debian utils such as
 live-helper has already made such change.

  -- Andrew Lee (李健秋)

WNPP BTS report now categorised

 Thanks to the use of user tags and user categories, the WNPP[1] BTS
 report has a new view. This should allow easier navigation on the BTS
 page of the (pseudo-)package with more bugs than any other. Kudos to
 Sandro Tosi for coming up with the right control message to apply the

 The user tag used to sort the bugs is based on the subject of the report.
 The format is described at the WNPP website[2].

  -- Raphael Geissert

 [1] http://bugs.debian.org/wnpp
 [2] http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/#l2

Update about "3.0 (quilt)" source format

 Since dpkg, dpkg-source creates the `.pc` directory used by
 quilt by itself (even if quilt is not available), it also relies on
 `.pc/applied-patches` to know what patches are applied or not. It is thus
 100% compatible with quilt and the option `--without-quilt` is thus gone.

 In the same version, a new option `--single-debian-patch` has been
 created so that people using a VCS can have dpkg-source create and
 auto-update a single patch named debian-changes (instead of
 debian-changes-<version>) somewhat similar to what the .diff.gz was in
 format 1.0 while still benefiting from the other features (bzip2
 compression, multiple tarballs, etc.).
 It is possible to set the header of this automatic patch in
 debian/source/patch-header and thus you can explain there where the
 changes can be better reviewed (most likely somewhere in the VCS).

 Package conversion is happening at a steady rate:

 Check http://wiki.debian.org/Projects/DebSrc3.0 for basic information
 about how to convert your own packages.

  -- Raphael Hertzog

Raphaël Hertzog

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