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Re: Bug#679547: ITP: ben -- toolbox for Debian maintainers

On Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 07:36:46PM +0200, Benjamin Drung wrote:
> Am Freitag, den 29.06.2012, 19:21 +0200 schrieb Mehdi Dogguy:
> > Package: wnpp
> > Severity: wishlist
> > Owner: Mehdi Dogguy <mehdi@debian.org>
> > 
> > * Package name    : ben
> >   Version         : 0.6
> >   Upstream Author : Mehdi Dogguy and Stéphane Glondu
> > * URL             : http://ben.debian.net/
> > * License         : AGPL-3+
> >   Programming Lang: C, OCaml
> >   Description     : toolbox for Debian maintainers
> > 
> >  This is a collection of useful tools that Debian maintainers can use
> >  to make their packaging work easier. They all work with regular
> >  Debian package list files, and should be useful for Debian
> >  derivatives as well. This package ships a single executable, "ben",
> >  with the following subcommands:
> >   * download: download a set of package list files from a mirror
> >   * monitor: monitor the status of a set of packages across several
> >     architectures (useful for transitions)
> >   * query: query packages using their metadata (similar to grep-dctrl,
> >     but uses a dedicated query language)
> >   * tracker: frontend to multiple monitors
> What does ben stand for? Is this just a short name for me? ;)
It's part of the ongoing project to create ambiguity between the
developer and package namespaces.  We already have packages for abby,
abe, aldo, alex, alice, axel, cecilia, chuck, clementine, clive, dino,
ed, elisa, elmer, elvis, emma, eric, florence, grace, gregorio, hal,
hannah, hercules, ivy, jack, jade, jed, joe, john, jupp, kasumi, kate,
kaya, kiki, kitty, magnus, maki, maria, maude, midge, mona, nana,
olive, paco, pasco, pia, pius, rio, ruby, simba, stella, tessa, tina,
vagrant, vera, yorick, yoshimi (and no doubt other personal names I
don't recognise, not to mention family names) though we are lacking
developers to match many of them.

Ben (Hutchings).

> Would it be useful to have ben in devscripts instead of a separate
> package?

Ben Hutchings
We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.
                                                              - Albert Camus

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