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Misc developer news (#20)

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In this issue:
 + Notification of failed builds
 + Integration of experimental, non-free, backports.org, debian-edu and volatile into the official autobuilding infrastructure
 + Unification of buildd software
 + Browse WNPP bugs based on debtags
 + Multiple CSS skins disabled on the PTS

Notification of failed builds

 The autobuilding system now mails notifications for failed builds to the
 PTS, keyword buildd. Everybody who was subscribed to a package through
 the "default" keyword as of Jan 7, 2009 will receive them, it is also in
 the default set of keywords when you newly subscribe to a package. Please
 note that these notifications do not necessarily mean bug reports in your
 package but could also be caused by other packages, temporary
 uninstallabilities and arch-specific breakages. A look at the build log
 despite this disclaimer would be appreciated however.

  -- Philipp Kern

Integration of experimental, non-free, backports.org, debian-edu and volatile into the official autobuilding infrastructure

 The unofficial autobuilding network hosted their own wanna-build and log
 handling instance in the past. These have now been integrated into the
 official setup running on buildd.debian.org. The old logs for those
 builds will also be integrated into the database running there. This
 means that logs and build state can now be retrieved through [1] as
 usual. The actual building will be split between unofficial and official
 hosts depending on the build load on the various architectures.

  -- Philipp Kern

 [1] https://buildd.debian.org

Unification of buildd software

 Work has been under way to unify the sbuild and buildd versions used for
 our autobuilding infrastructure. We are still not relying on official
 versions out of unstable, but the sbuild in use is already quite near to
 them and can be found on [2]. Almost all buildds have been converted to
 use just one version of buildd and sbuild and we hope to complete the
 transition until the end of this month. This also uses the tools within
 the chroot environment to unpack and install packages.

  -- Philipp Kern

 [2] https://buildd.debian.org/apt/

Browse WNPP bugs based on debtags

 wnpp-by-tags[3] allows one to browse WNPP bugs (except RFP) based on the
 debtags of the package a bug belongs to. For instance, you can see what
 bugs relate to suite::gnome[4] or belong to packages that are

  -- Serafeim Zanikolas

 [3] http://members.hellug.gr/serzan/wnpp/
 [4] http://members.hellug.gr/serzan/wnpp/suite/gnome.html
 [5] http://members.hellug.gr/serzan/wnpp/implemented-in/python.html

Multiple CSS skins disabled on the PTS

 For a while now, CSS skins other than the default one in the PTS have
 been broken. As a consequence, the CSS selection form has been
 temporarily disabled.
 If someone really cares about other CSS than the default, please
 volunteer to maintain them by contacting debian-qa@lists.debian.org.

  -- Stefano Zacchiroli
Raphaël Hertzog

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