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Misc Developer News (#36)

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In this issue:
 + vcswatch
 + Approach to fixing privacy breaches in HTML
 + gobby service static exports
 + BTS reply links


 To see if packaging VCS repositories have changes that have not yet been
 uploaded, there is now[1] a service called vcswatch[2] running at
 qa.debian.org which grabs the Sources files from unstable and
 experimental, notes all Vcs-* URLs, makes checkouts and compares the
 debian/changelog file seen there with the current version in the archive.
 There's also a column in DDPO showing the information.

  -- Christoph Berg

 [1] https://lists.debian.org/20140704210432.GB18726@msg.df7cb.de
 [2] https://qa.debian.org/cgi-bin/vcswatch

Approach to fixing privacy breaches in HTML

 lintian now has a series of tags aimed at detecting potential privacy
 breaches. The detection is aimed mostly at HTML documents, where browsers
 usually fetch remote resources (images, CSS, JS, video, audio etc) by
 default. The fetching of remote resources is thus a potential privacy
 breach. Some developers have been fixing these issues in inappropriate
 ways; for example completely removing the problematic section of a
 document. Much better ways to fix this issue include; turning images into
 text, turning audio/video into links or making a local copy of the remote
 resources. When making local copies one should ensure the material is
 DFSG-free and isn't packaged already. It is especially to do this right
 for links to upstream donation or social media pages since Debian does
 not want to adversely affect the income or promotion of our upstreams as
 our success is closely linked to theirs.

  -- Paul Wise

gobby service static exports

 The gobby service[3] has added static exports[4] via HTTP so you can view
 the content even if you only have a web browser.

  -- Paul Wise

 [3] https://wiki.debian.org/Services/gobby.debian.org
 [4] https://wiki.debian.org/gobby.debian.org#Static_exports

BTS reply links

 Don Armstrong has added reply links to each mail in the BTS web interface
 that set the References/In-Reply-To headers correctly so that people
 clicking mailto links on bug pages will not break threads as long as
 their browser and MUA support mailto links properly. The links also
 include a proper Subject header and a proper message body for your
 convenience. Please use these links to avoid breaking BTS threads.
 Another way to avoid breaking threads is to run bts show --mbox 123456
 and reply from your MUA as you usually would. The Debian mailing list
 archives also have similar headers, please use those when reading lists
 via the archives.

  -- Paul Wise



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