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Misc Developer News (#33)

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In this issue:
 + Debian sysadmin sprint
 + Introducing sources.debian.net
 + codesearch.d.n source code released
 + Targets for package review
 + DDPO improvements

Debian sysadmin sprint

 The Debian System Administration team reported[1] on their recent sprint.
 They discussed many topics, including hardware hosting, virtual machines,
 CDNs, SSO & alioth, disaster recovery, contacting the team, monthly
 meetings, monitoring, problematic architectures[2], service guidelines,
 on-demand VMs for experiments, hostname bikeshedding, mail infrastructure
 changes and 'ud' the new account management tool. They are looking for
 help with auto-disabling unused accounts, centralising information about
 systems and adding SSO to RT.

  -- Paul Wise

 [1] http://lists.debian.org/20130621180752.GA12975@valiant.palfrader.org
 [2] http://lists.debian.org/20130622172644.GA32752@ftbfs.de

Introducing sources.debian.net

 sources.debian.net[3] is a new service[4] that allows browsing the source
 code of Debian packages on the web with syntax highlighting. It is
 updated four times a day and contains source code for all suites in the
 Debian archive. It currently uses around 381 GB of disk space for
 uncompressed source packages and around 83 GB for the source package
 mirror. It is integrated into codesearch.d.n and the PTS. It was created
 by Stefano Zacchiroli and the web front-end was written by Matthieu

  -- Paul Wise

 [3] http://sources.debian.net/
 [4] http://bits.debian.org/2013/07/introducing_sources.debian.net.html

codesearch.d.n source code released

 codesearch.debian.net[5] by Michael Stapelberg allows to quickly search
 through 130 GiB of the Debian sources. This service has various use
 cases: from determining the sources of cryptic error messages to pining
 down material in the archive with questionable legal terms. As promised,
 Michael has released the sources[6] of the engine under the 3-clause BSD
 license allowing for wider adoption and improvements. The PTS gained a
 "search source code" box that redirects to the Debian Code Search site.

  -- Yaroslav Halchenko

 [5] http://codesearch.debian.net
 [6] https://github.com/debiancodesearch/dcs

Targets for package review

 If you have some spare time and are interested in getting more involved
 in Debian QA work, the list of packages that have never had a bug[7]
 filed against them is a great place to start. The list can be sorted by
 source package, maintainer, popcon, first upload date or last upload
 date. Packages in this list may be perfect or for a specific audience or
 very new packages or simply never have received enough attention from
 users. In any case it is possible that these packages need a review from
 a user perspective, a review of the source code or both. For easy
 reference you can use the short URL http://deb.li/nobugs. Thanks go to
 Ivo De Decker for implementing the list.

  -- Paul Wise

 [7] http://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/nobugs.cgi

DDPO improvements

 The central package overview for developers, [8], has some new features
 that can be configured with the (often overlooked) settings at the bottom
 of the page:

  * You can optionally exclude packages for which you are just a
  * You can enable a column for the package description (instead of just
    having it as a tooltip of the package name, as it was before).
  * You can turn the buildd-column into a condensed display of the actual
    buildd state.

 Additionally, the header links to your personal bug statistics graph.
 These changes were brought to you by Marcin Owsiany and me, and reviewed,
 fixed and applied by Paul Wise. If you want to make that tool more useful
 to you: The code is in the qa team’s SVN repository[9].

  -- Joachim “nomeata” Breitner

 [8] http://qa.debian.org/developers.php
 [9] http://anonscm.debian.org/viewvc/qa/trunk/wml/



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