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Misc Developer News (#28)

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In this issue:
 + Debian Member Porfolio Service
 + Release goals bugs displayed in the PTS
 + Transitions displayed in the PTS
 + dh_linktree helper tool
 + Patch Tagging Guidelines: DEP-3 moved to ACCEPTED status

Debian Member Porfolio Service

 The Debian Member Portfolio Service (formerly known as Debian Developer
 Portfolio Service) is now available at http://portfolio.debian.net/. The
 purpose of this change is to acknowledge that we have non-packaging
 members now. The service is still developed and hosted by me. I welcome
 suggestions for improving the service as well as translations to your
 language. The source code (Python/Pylons) for the service is available in
 a public git repository[1] under the terms of the GNU Affero General
 Public License.

  -- Jan Dittberner

 [1] http://debianstuff.dittberner.info/gitweb.cgi?p=ddportfolioservice.git

Release goals bugs displayed in the PTS

 The Package Tracking System will now display a prominent TODO notice
 whenever you have one (or more) outstanding bug(s) which are part of a
 release goal. Example: http://packages.qa.debian.org/twinkle

  -- Raphaël Hertzog

Transitions displayed in the PTS

 The Package Tracking System will now display a prominent warning when a
 package is part of an ongoing or a planned testing transition. It invites
 the maintainer to avoid uploads that might disrupt the transition and
 gives links to the transition tracker[2], the debian-release archives[3],
 and the listing of transition bugs[4].

  -- Raphaël Hertzog

 [2] http://release.debian.org/transitions/
 [3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/
 [4] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?users=release.debian.org@packages.debian.org;tag=transition

dh_linktree helper tool

 If your package contains embedded copies of PHP/javascript files (or any
 other file that gets directly shipped as-is), it can be tedious to
 replace them with symlinks to packaged copies. The new tool dh_linktree
 (package dh-linktree) might help you in this task. You just have to
 include the Debian package corresponding to your embedded copies in your
 build dependencies and create a debian/foo.linktrees files explaining
 what to do. dh_linktree will create the symlink tree for you and add the
 corresponding dependency in ${misc:Depends} (if needed). It can operate
 in several modes:
  * embed: it will unconditionally integrate the whole directory at the
    indicated place
  * replace: it will only replace the files already installed by your
    package with symlinks to the corresponding file in the official
  * de-duplicate: like replace except that it will only do it if the files
    are exactly identical.

 If you want to learn more, install the dh-linktree package and read the
 manual page dh_linktree(1).

  -- Raphaël Hertzog

Patch Tagging Guidelines: DEP-3 moved to ACCEPTED status

 DEP-3[5] has been promoted to ACCEPTED status. This format standardises a
 set of headers that you are encouraged to use when documenting patches
 that you add to Debian packages.

  -- Raphaël Hertzog

 [5] http://dep.debian.net/deps/dep3/



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