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Bits from the piuparts maintainers


I thought it's been a long time since the last bits from the piuparts
maintainers on debian-devel-announce, but actually it's seems this is a first
time! And this pretty good sums up the main news: I'm happy to announce that
piuparts is again maintained by a team and thus have closed the RFH #584125.

Running piuparts.debian.org is still maintainance hungry, but the last months
have seen lots of patches and other contributions, including bug filings based
on the tests results, which is awesome! Please keep it coming!

If you have no idea what piuparts is: it's a tool for testing that .deb
packages can be installed, upgraded, and removed without problems. The testing
results are published on http://piuparts.debian.org daily.

Before telling more news, I have two requests to everybody maintaining
packages in Debian: (and which are kinda news too)

- please check your personal status pages. Every maintainer/uploader
  has one (or up to five! One for each distro being tested.) Mine is at


  please go and check yours. Regularily. And fix these issues! And thank you
  if you already do this! :-)

- please file bugs, if you see them. If the bug is also detected on
  piuparts.debian.org, please usertag it! In short:

   User: debian-qa@lists.debian.org
   Usertags: piuparts

  Verbose instructions, including templates, for filing piuparts bugs are


Since December 2011 a new "distro" is being tested: squeeze2wheezy, which means
upgrade tests for individual packages, installed on Squeeze and then upgraded to
Wheezy. After a month of testing this lead to a nice graph which can be seen on:


In words: 33708 passed logs, 158 failed, 130 in state dependency-failed-testing.
In wheezy it's about the same, but only 90 failed, so there are still some
upgrade issues to iron out.

Comparing the overall test results for wheezy and squeez2wheezy with squeeze
and lenny2squeeze is also interesting. And the way forward is to file and fix
bugs, obviously! :-D

There are a lot more packages in failing state for sid. This is because for the
other distros, the test for leaving files behind after purge is ignored to catch
more severe problems. In sid, this is also treated as an important failure,
causing dependent packages not to be tested.

A goal should be, to have no failed (and thus unfiled) logs for wheezy and
squeeze2wheezy tests on piuparts.debian.org at the time of the wheezy freeze,
aka June 2012! Please help to reach this goal! Either by filing or fixing bugs!

Since DebConf11, piuparts is maintained in git and since then contributing by
providing feature/bugfix branches is the prefered form.

 git clone git://git.debian.org/git/piuparts/piuparts.git

This has also lead to new uploads:

- 0.42 has been released on Decemeber 23rd 2011 and reached wheezy a while ago,
  containing many improvements from four months of development.
- 0.43 released on January 22nd, 2012, after just a month of development.
  In this release /run/.* was added to self.ignored_patterns, bringing the
  released version of piuparts back in line with current Debian development.

Finally, there is a new mailinglist, piuparts-reports, which receives mails
from the master/slave setup running on piatti.debian.org, thus making it
possible to follow, debug and improve this service more easily:


Please check the file TODO in the sources for plans for further changes coming
hopefully soon! And thanks for reading this far and for improving Debians 
quality further!


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