Re: [RFC] fixing sourceforge watch files
[I suspect most of my fellow devscripts maintainers read -qa, but CCing
the team list just in case]
On Tue, 2008-06-17 at 17:50 +0200, Filippo Giunchedi wrote:
> we have had a little trouble with our sf redirector a while back (i.e. the
> sf mirror was down) and it is really annoying.
> Anyhow, I noticed that there are now direct links with http 302 redirection
> towards a mirror, without the ugly selection page!
> I'm attaching a quick patch to uscan(1) to give some instructions on how to
> produce a working watch file, hopefully to get rid of the hacky redirector.
I've attached a revised patch incorporating the comments from the thread
so far. If anyone has any objections or suggestions for further changes
to the text please let me know; if not I'll commit it over the next day
--- scripts/uscan.1 (revision 1502)
+++ scripts/uscan.1 (working copy)
@@ -68,20 +68,19 @@
-# If your package is located on sourceforge, use one of the following
-# formats to automatically use the qa.debian.org redirector, avoiding
-# SF's difficult mirror system.
+# If your package is located on SourceForge, you can use the following
+# format. Note that the trailing .* is required.
+# qa.debian.org runs a redirector which allows a simpler form of URL
+# for SourceForge based projects. The format below will automatically
+# be rewritten to use the redirector. Note that the format in the
+# previous example, whilst slightly more complicated, is recommended
+# instead of this one as it does not rely on a particular SourceForge
+# mirror being available
-# If the qa.debian.org redirector does not produce any results for
-# your sourceforge-hosted project, you can use the following format
-# to check for new versions. Note that it does not seem to be
-# possible to download the files via this method.
# This is the format for a site which has funny version numbers;
# the parenthesised groups will be joined with dots to make a
# sanitised version number