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Misc Developer News (#22)

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In this issue:
 + LWN subscriptions
 + ubuntudiff.debian.net
 + TXT records on debian.net
 + Debian Sysadmin Team seeks for help
 + Receive Ubuntu bugs by mail via PTS

LWN subscriptions

 Bdale Garbee announced[3] that DMs[4] are now eligible to receive
 HP-sponsored LWN subscriptions[5], in addition to DDs. Currently about
 571 DDs and DMs are taking advantage of HP-sponsored LWN subscriptions.

  -- Paul Wise

 [3] http://www.gag.com/bdale/blog/posts/Debian_and_LWN.html
 [4] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianMaintainer
 [5] http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/resources.html#lwn


 A new service called UbuntuDiff[6] has been setup. It allows you to
 quickly see Ubuntu changes made to Debian packages by specifying a
 grep-dctrl query or by using shortcuts (e.g. [7], [8]). Your feedback and
 bug reports are welcome.

  -- Mehdi Dogguy

 [6] http://ubuntudiff.debian.net/
 [7] http://ubuntudiff.debian.net/q/package/linux-ntfs
 [8] http://ubuntudiff.debian.net/q/uploaders/mehdi@debian.org

TXT records on debian.net

 Debian Sysadmins have enabled TXT records for debian.net domains. It is
 suggested that you might want to use them to indicate maintainer
 information in the case that the domain is "sponsored" by a DD and
 maintained by a non-DD. Please note that since CNAME records cannot be
 combined with other record types, you should get a TXT record added to
 the canonical name instead of adding it to the debian.net domain.

  -- Paul Wise

Debian Sysadmin Team seeks for help

 A while ago, Stephen Gran sent a 'Request for Help' to the porter and
 project mailinglists[9] asking for assistance in maintaining the chroots
 on the porter machines. Several people applied and are now helping out
 with that[10] (thanks!); still, we could use more helping hands. If
 you're interested check the message and contact DSA. Peter Palfrader also
 described in the recent mail about porter chroot updates how to format
 the Subject of a mail to make life easier for DSA.

  -- Martin Zobel-Helas

 [9] http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2010/03/msg00062.html
 [10] http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2010/05/msg00002.html

Receive Ubuntu bugs by mail via PTS

 It is now possible to subscribe to Ubuntu bugmail for the packages you
 care about, without having to use Launchpad (and subscribe on a
 per-package basis there). This is implemented as a new opt-in Package
 Tracking System keyword: derivatives-bugs.

 To subscribe for all your packages, use 'keyword [email] +
 derivatives-bugs' (as documented in the Developers Reference[11]). You
 might also want to subscribe to 'derivatives' (Ubuntu diff, etc. also

 Of course, if other derivative distributions are interested in providing
 such data, don't hesitate to contact the Debian QA team.

 Also, if you never remember about subscribing to packages you maintain,
 you can use that UDD script[12] to check for missing subscriptions.

  -- Lucas Nussbaum

 [11] http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/resources.html#pts-commands
 [12] http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/pts-check.cgi
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