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Misc Developer News (#46)

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In this issue:
 + debhelper compat level 12 is open for beta testing
 + Port for RISC-V 64-bit (riscv64) added to debian-ports
 + Debian is now ready to get Rust crates as packages
 + New uscan features
 + FTP Team — call for volunteers

debhelper compat level 12 is open for beta testing

 The debhelper compat level 12 is expected to become stable in Debian
 buster and open for beta testing as of debhelper (>= 11.4~). If you would
 like to help, please consider taking debhelper compat 12 for a spin by:

  * Reviewing debhelper(7)[1] for information on the changes to compat
    level 12.
  * Bumping the Build-Depends on debhelper to debhelper (>= 11.4~) and set
    debian/compat to 12.
  * Apply necessary changes (if any)
  * Building your package and debdiff'ing the binaries with the previous

 If you run into issues, awkward behaviour or improvements in general,
 please contact the debhelper maintainers e.g. by filing a bug against the
 debhelper package.

 Note: The new-style "debhelper-compat (= 12)" relation '''cannot''' be
 used for the beta test; that is reserved for the stable version of compat

  -- Niels Thykier <niels@thykier.net>

 [1] https://manpages.debian.org/unstable/debhelper/debhelper.7.en.html#Supported_compatibility_levels

Port for RISC-V 64-bit (riscv64) added to debian-ports

 A new port for RISC-V[2], flavour `riscv64` (64-bits little-endian) is
 now available in Debian Ports[3].

 More information in a blog post[4] from Planet Debian[5].

  -- Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <mafm@debian.org>

 [2] https://wiki.debian.org/RISC-V
 [3] https://www.ports.debian.org/
 [4] https://people.debian.org/~mafm/posts/2018/20180402_debian-gnulinux-port-for-risc-v-64-bit-riscv64-in-debian-infrastructure-debian-ports/
 [5] https://wiki.debian.org/PlanetDebian

Debian is now ready to get Rust crates as packages

 With release of debcargo 2.0.0 to crates.io, now you can create a Debian
 package from your favorite Rust crate and upload it to the Debian archive.

 Read the official announcement[6] by Ximin Luo to understand the workflow
 to follow. Join #debian-rust on irc.oftc.net or write to team mailing
 list[7] if you have doubts.

  -- Vasudev Kamath <vasudev@debian.org>

 [6] https://alioth-lists.debian.net/pipermail/pkg-rust-maintainers/2018-June/001412.html
 [7] mailto:pkg-rust-maintainers@lists.alioth.debian.org

New uscan features

 devscripts 2.18.5 has been released and brings some new uscan features
 for developers[8]:

  * in git mode, uscan is now able to verify signed tags
  * a "searchmode=plain" line option can be used to parse the full content
    of a web page instead of searching only <a href*> tags, useful for
    JSON contents
  * new "auto" value for dversionmangle to replace the common

 '''NB''': While making these changes uscan underwent a huge refactor, so
 please file any bug(s) you may find in this new version, and we will fix
 them for the next release.

  -- Xavier <yadd@debian.org>

 [8] https://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/2467f981-81f1-a4bb-3fc4-49262cf39d7b@debian.org

FTP Team — call for volunteers

 Chris Lamb called[9] for more volunteers for the FTP Team and included a
 summary of the tasks involved.

  -- Paul Wise <pabs@debian.org>

 [9] https://lists.debian.org/msgid-search/1539190319.3739281.1537477880.19A47E1E@webmail.messagingengine.com



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