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Bug#596558: automate processing of http://www.debian.org/CD/vendors/

On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 05:45:09PM +0200, Simon Paillard wrote:
> Package: www.debian.org
> Severity: wishlist
> Richard suggested a while ago automating checks around vendors :
> - at submission time
> - after submission

Hi Simon,

The testvendors.pl Perl script in the /CD/vendors/ dir was initially written
for this task over 10 years ago.

I've dedicated some time to update it and make it functional again. I've run
it through the existing list of vendors and seems to work fine to detect
stale vendors (although, like everything, there is room for improvement).

The script can be used to parse any file, so it can be setup to:

- Parse a new entry for a submitted vendor and report on its status
- Parse existing entries periodically

Could you please review if the script meets this needs? 

If it does, to cover the second requirement, it would just be a matter of
setting up a cron job and sending the error outputs to some group/list

To assess how to cover the first requirement (review at submission) I would
need more information: the submission process is not (to my knowledge)
documented (I've only seen /CD/vendors/README and that is incomplete).



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