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Intention to package: ruari-diff and gcal


I intend to package ruari-diff and gcal.  Both are GPL.

Ruari diff is a utility to compare /var/lib/dpkg/status and a Packages
file from an ftp site to tell you which packages are out of date and
need updating.  This is, of course, similar to what dftp does,
however, I didn't know about dftp when I wrote ruari diff, and I still
believe it has some advantages over dftp which justify it's inclusion
(speed (it's written in C and utilizes libdb), size, simplicity,
non-interactivity, nfs-mirror-friendliness; all of this is based on a
fairly cursory examination of dftp, I might be wrong on some of those

thor|00:33:37 ~/html/ruari-diff $dpkg -I ruari-diff_0.14_i386.deb 
 new debian package, version 2.0.
 size 12846 bytes: control archive= 388 bytes.
     357 bytes,    10 lines      control              
 Package: ruari-diff
 Version: 0.14
 Architecture: i386
 Depends: libc6
 Installed-Size: 30
 Maintainer: James Troup <jjtroup@comp.brad.ac.uk>
 Description: Compares the debs installed to the debs available
  This uses /var/lib/dpkg/status and compares it against a Packages
  file from the Debian ftp site or a mirror and tells you what packages
  could be updated.
thor|00:33:42 ~/html/ruari-diff $dpkg -c ruari-diff_0.14_i386.deb 
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 Nov  1 23:46 1997 ./
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/examples/
-rwxr-xr-x root/root      1027 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/examples/ruari1.sh
-rwxr-xr-x root/root       466 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/examples/ruari2.sh
-rw-r--r-- root/root       697 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/NEWS.gz
-rw-r--r-- root/root      2646 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/changelog.gz
-rw-r--r-- root/root      1110 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/copyright
-rw-r--r-- root/root       817 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/README.gz
-rw-r--r-- root/root       742 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/TODO.gz
-rw-r--r-- root/root       198 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/doc/ruari-diff/changelog.Debian.gz
drwxr-xr-x root/root         0 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/bin/
-rwxr-xr-x root/root     10540 Nov  1 23:46 1997 usr/bin/ruari-diff
thor|00:33:45 ~/html/ruari-diff $

(Section: admin, Priortiy: optional)

Gcal is an alternative cal.  Gcal's main advantages over BSD-`cal' and
`calendar' are:
Some special calendar sheet formats.  Calendar sheets can be provided
with ISO week numbers. Variable number of year calendar sheet blocks.
Adjustable ordering of displayed dates. Adjustable period of Gregorian
Reformation. Adjustable highlighting of holidays and actual
day. Variable starting day of week. Output of current days of year,
concatenated current days of month and year. Output of fiscal
years. Output of lists or ranges of months or years. Sorted output of
selectable, country specific eternal holiday lists, which are
generated automatically. Sorted output of fixed date lists in *many*
ways. Allows the use of date and text variables. Displays moonphases
and biorhythm's. Fixed dates can be stored in several files. Nearly
unlimited nesting level of include files. Nearly unlimited internal
text and table lengths. Default options can be stored in environment
variable `GCAL'. Options and commands stored in response files can be
preloaded. Uses either an external pager or a simple built-in
pager. Detailed Texinfo reference manual. German, English and American
program version by default. GNU `gettext' internationalization
technology, which allows the use of message catalogs for most native
languages. Supports both UN*X short-style options and GNU long-style

[Taken from the README and compressed]

I haven't actually packaged this yet, so no dpkg -I or -c output.
(Section: utils, Priority: optional)

If anyone is already packaging either of these (unlikely in the case
of ruari diff :p), or has any objections to either of these, just

P.S. If you're absolutely enthralled by the idea of ruari diff and
can't wait ;), you can get it from



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