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In this issue:
 + new Debian packaging tool: cme with dpkg plugin
 + Empty binary packages
 + Improving Large File Support (LFS)
 + bts-link now watches over bug reports forwarded to upstream Allura trackers on sf.net
 + Automatic debug symbols (dbgsym) packages
 + Please plan for Debian stretch

new Debian packaging tool: cme with dpkg plugin

 cme and its dpkg plugin provide a new tool to help maintain
 Debian packages. cme provides a GUI to edit package files and a CLI to
 modify or check these files. Editing or modifying package file with
 cme automatically upgrades package files to newer syntax.

 cme stands "config model editor" and is a generic tool to edit
 configuration files. cme requires plugins to work. The dpkg plugin (aka
 model) enables cme to work on Debian package files. Currently, it
 supports control, copyright (DEP-5), patches (DEP-3) and some other files
 like compat.

 For installation and usage instructions, please read Managing Debian
 packages wiki page[1]

  -- Dominique Dumont

 [1] https://github.com/dod38fr/config-model/wiki/Managing-Debian-packages-with-cme

Empty binary packages

 Empty binary packages will now[2] be automatically rejected by
 ftp-master. This can be overridden however. The archive software (dak)
 uses the lintian empty-binary-package tag to determine which binary
 packages are empty.

  -- Paul Wise

 [2] https://lists.debian.org/87si9qyqzb.fsf@gkar.ganneff.de

Improving Large File Support (LFS)

 Our Large File Support[3] on some 32-bit architectures is a bit poor, and
 this has been going on for a while now.

 Please consider enabling LFS on packages containing programs at any
 point, and on shared library packages whenever there's a SONAME bump.
 Even if neither of these are supposed to handle large files, they might
 still fail if they need to operate on files with large metadata values
 (like inode numbers). See this mail[4] and the above lintian tag for more

  -- Guillem Jover

 [3] https://lintian.debian.org/tags/binary-file-built-without-LFS-support.html
 [4] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2015/07/msg00171.html

bts-link now watches over bug reports forwarded to upstream Allura trackers on sf.net

 bts-link[5] has recently been improved to add support for Allura trackers
 that are used on Sourceforge. If Debian bug reports have a Forwarded-To
 link pointing to URL patterns of the form
 http://sourceforge.net/p/PROJNAME/TRACKERNAME/123456/, bts-link is now
 able to analyse the remote bug status to detect changes and notify.
 Allura support is not limited to sf.net, so adding other Allura trackers
 may be requested if needed.

  -- Olivier Berger

 [5] http://bts-link.alioth.debian.org/

Automatic debug symbols (dbgsym) packages

 Since debhelper 9.20151219, debug symbols (dbgsym) packages are produced
 by default[6] without *any* work/effort needed from maintainers.

 They are available from a separate mirror[7] and snapshot.debian.org[8].
 We currently only have an unstable and experimental suite for them right
 now. Testing (incl. the next stable release) needs a bit more work.

 If you are concerned with extra upload speed/cost, please consider using
 "source-only" (or arch:all+source) uploads. These will be even
 faster/cheaper for you and will leave the heavy lifting to buildds.

  -- Niels Thykier

 [6] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2015/12/msg00262.html
 [7] http://debug.mirrors.debian.org/debian-debug/
 [8] http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian-debug/

Please plan for Debian stretch

 In the 4th quarter of 2016, we will freeze Debian stretch. If you are
 hoping to do any larger changes for stretch, please consider starting on
 them now[9]. This also includes features that need to be in APT/dpkg/etc
 in stretch, so we can start using them for buster.

  -- Niels Thykier

 [9] https://nthykier.wordpress.com/2016/01/01/debian-please-plan-for-stretch/



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