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Bug#540248: Suggested additions for "Overview of Debian Maintainer Tools" (courtesy of NM)

Package: developers-reference
Version: 3.4.1
Severity: wishlist

While recently going through the NM process I was presented with a
list of "Important Packages" which is quite similar to the "Overview
of Debian Maintainer Tools" in the Developer's Reference. But the list
from NM has a few additions which I recommend here.

[The text below comes exactly from a mail I received from Enrico Zini,
(and which I presume comes from an NM template). I am not in a
position to know who the original author might be.]

             A package that depends on all the packages in the build
             essential list. It's useful to make sure everything in the list
             is installed on the system when building and testing your own

             Describes the policy relating to packages and details of
             the packaging mechanism. Covers everything from
             required gcc options to the way the maintainer scripts
             (postinst etc.) work, package sections and priorities,
             etc. An absolute must-read. Also useful is the file
             which lists changes between versions of policy.
             You must read and understand it.

  doc-debian Lots of useful Debian-specific documentation: the
             constitution and DFSG, explanation of the Bug Tracking
             System (BTS), etc.

             The New Maintainer's Guide to making Debian packages.

             Lots of information on procedures and suchlike.
             (http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/ is often
             more up-to-date.)

  reportbug  Tool to report bugs.

  piuparts   Gives an easy way to test installing, upgrading, and
             removing your package in a clean Debian system. Helps to
             find leftovers due to broken maintainer scripts.

[Obviously you might want to consider rewording the description of


-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

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