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Misc Developer News (#42)

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In this issue:
 + git-series: track changes to a patch series over time
 + PHP licence applicability to the Debian archive
 + New #packaging IRC channel
 + SourceForge uscan redirector & subdirs
 + LeaseWeb offers discounts to Debian Developers

git-series: track changes to a patch series over time

 Josh Triplett announced[1] a new git tool, git-series[2], to manage patch
 series with git, tracking  the "history of history". git series tracks
 changes to the patch series over time, including rebases and other
 non-fast-forwarding changes. git series also tracks a cover letter for
 the patch series, formats the series for email, and prepares pull requests.

 This makes it easier to collaborate on a patch series, distribution
 package, backport, or any other development process that includes
 rebasing or non-fast-forward development.

 Debian package maintenance tends to have this exact family of problems:
 maintaining a set of patches to upstream code, rebasing those patches on
 new upstream versions, reorganizing/refining/adding/dropping patches,
 having individual patches merged upstream, and backporting changes *from*

 If you're interested in developing workflows for package maintenance with
 git-series, please follow up to debian-devel. More detail is available[3].

  -- Josh Triplett

 [1] https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2016/07/msg00535.html
 [2] https://github.com/git-series/git-series/
 [3] https://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/20160812035657.c72mu75x5bmygvva@x

PHP licence applicability to the Debian archive

 The FTPMasters have published specific guidance[4] to allow PHP 3.0+
 licensed works in the main archive.
 This allows software published under the license to be included, but with
 specific guidance to the wording in the copyright file. It also serves to
 ensure compliance with the ''PHP'' trademark.

  -- Neil McGovern

 [4] https://ftp-master.debian.org/php-license.html

New #packaging IRC channel

 There have been some folks who aren't satisfied with the level of signal
 to noise on the #debian-mentors IRC channel, mainly around people joining
 who are not aiming at creating policy compliant packages for upload to
 the Debian archive. People looking for help with private packaging,
 packaging for derivatives, packaging for their external repos and so on.
 As a result I've created the #packaging channel on OFTC to help such
 folks and reduce the noise on #debian-mentors. If you don't mind helping
 such folks out, please join us! If you have such questions, please join
 #packaging instead.

  -- Paul Wise

SourceForge uscan redirector & subdirs

 Some upstreams have identically named tarballs in different
 subdirectories in their SourceForge file area. The Debian uscan
 redirector for SourceForge now emits extra links that include the full
 path to upstream files. This means that you now can choose which
 particular upstream subdirectories that you want to match files from.
 Here is an example for the boost package:

   opts="uversionmangle=s/_/./g,dversionmangle=s/\+dfsg$//" \
   http://sf.net/boost/ .*/[.\d]+/boost_([\d_]*)\.tar.bz2

  -- Paul Wise

LeaseWeb offers discounts to Debian Developers

 One of the major sponsors behind snapshot.debian.org, LeaseWeb[5], is now
 offering discounts on their services to Debian Developers.

 LeaseWeb provides dedicated servers, bare metal servers, private clouds,
 virtual servers and content delivery networks. LeaseWeb offers discounts
 to Debian Developers.

 DDs should send emails to sales@us.leaseweb.com (for North America) or
 sales@nl.leaseweb.com (for Europe) from their @debian.org address
 referencing "debian.org membership special offer".

 The specific amount of discount is dependent on the service requested and
 the availability of resources (eg, number of dedicated servers available
 at the time of the request).

 Other benefits[6] are also available to Debian members and contributors.

 [5] https://www.leaseweb.com
 [6] https://wiki.debian.org/MemberBenefits



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