Bug#448284: RFH: dctrl-tools -- Command-line tools to process Debian package information
I request assistance with maintaining the dctrl-tools package.
There are several tasks that could use more manpower (in no particular
1. Writing test cases
One could mine the BTS for past bug reports and create regression
tests for them.
One could use standard black-box and white-box testing techniques
to generate general tests.
2. Writing documentation
The whole suite of tools could use a unified tutorial manual on
how to best use it. The current documentation is reference
material in the man pages.
3. Internationalise the man pages
3. Swatting the BTS wishlist entries
I've kept the BTS clean of actual bugs pretty well, but there are a
number of wishlist reports still outstanding.
4. Take over maintaining the debian/ directory
If you commit to maintaining it (and I trust your judgment),
you'll get last say in that part of the package (including deciding
what helper to use).
4. Whatever you wish :)
Discuss on the dctrl-tools-devel mailing list first though.
Eventually I'd like to pass the package on to competent successors, but
I have too much emotional attachment to the package to do that without a
transitional period where I still retain a veto on what goes in the
package. I also have some ideas for future tools that I'd like to be
able to concentrate on, and having co-maintainers might allow that.
The package is now under Git in collab-maint. See
for information and a push-access code of conduct.
The package description is:
Debian package information is generally stored in files having a
special file format, dubbed the Debian control file format (the dctrl
format), a special case of the record jar file format. These tools
operate on any files conforming in a general sense to that format and
are therefore widely applicable whenever those formats are in play.
grep-dctrl - Grep dctrl-format files
grep-available - Grep the DPKG available database
grep-status - Grep the DPKG status database
grep-aptavail - Grep the APT available database
sort-dctrl - Sort dctrl-format files
tbl-dctrl - Tabulate dctrl-format files
sync-available - Sync the dpkg available database with
the apt database
-- System Information:
Debian Release: lenny/sid
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 188.8.131.52-ibid (SMP w/2 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=fi_FI.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fi_FI.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash