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Debian Weekly News – November 21st, 2001

Searching Bugs per Source Package. Adam Heath
added the ability
to search for bugs based on source packages to the cgi scripts that
exist on http://bugs.debian.org/. A source
listing contains all bugs on packages that come from that source.
The easy way to access this feature is to use a URL similar to
http://bugs.debian.org/src:postgresql.
That is “http://bugs.debian.org/src:packagename.
Additionally, package listings have links to other packages
produced by the same source, in addition to having a link to their
source package’s bug page. Adam also added more features
so you can now select the severities and bug status you want
displayed. These features was greatly appreciated by maintainers of
multi-binary packages.

Spellchecking Package Descriptions. Matt
Zimmerman took the opportunity and fine-tuned his first
investigation of spelling problems in package descriptions. His
corrections
resulted in a 200kB diff file for more than 1,300 (out of 8,000)
packages. Matt’s mail also contains the guidelines he used for
correcting these descriptions.

Debian Environment on top of Mac OS X? A few
messages popped up on the debian-devel mailing
list covering this. The fink
project
wants to bring the full world of Unix Open Source software to Darwin and Mac OS X. The project modifies
and ports the software so it will run on top of Mac OS X. The files
are made available for download as a coherent distribution. Fink
uses Debian tools like dpkg and apt-get to provide powerful package
management for binary packages.

International Boot-Floppies. A message
on the debian-boot list
requested the inclusion of Danish in the supported languages on the
internationalized root disk. We can refine the choice of languages
at any point. Right now, however, it would probably be more
productive for people to build internationalized boot-floppies and
find out whether one can actually do an install with them. Looking
at the date of one translated file, several translations may be
out-dated. Translators should check their status.

Debian and the Euro. Javier
Fernández-Sanguino Peña contributed
another document to the Debian Documentation Project
(DDP). From January 1st, 2002, several european countries switch to
the Euro as their currency. The Debian
Euro HOWTO
provides comprehensive information about using the
Euro symbol with Debian. This includes configuration of the Linux
text console, as well as the X Window System. Additionally, special
Euro packages were uploaded into the experimental section
(euro-support, euro-support-console and euro-support-x) to provide
easy support for the Euro.

WNPP Overview. Bas Zoetekouw wrote a
script which generates an overview of Work Needed and Prospective
Packages
(WNPP) entries in the Debian Bug Tracking System. This
report
ought to help the Quality Assurance (QA) people to clean out WNPP
bugs that are not relevant anymore since nobody cares about the
packages.

Freeze Update. Anthony Towns sent in an

updated report
about the Woody freeze process. We’re almost
into the last week for uploads of base packages. If there are
outstanding bugs you’d like to see fixed, provide patches or upload
now. We are also getting into the last days for ensuring that
standard and task packages get included in the Woody release. At
the moment it looks like a lot of packages will be removed from
Woody. Among these are a whole bunch of commonly used programs like
gpm, Mutt, CVS, Procmail, Apache and Mozilla. People who can fix
bugs in these packages and care about them are encouraged to send
in patches or upload fixed packages using Anthony’s unofficial NMU
guidelines
.

GNU/Hurd Hardware Compatibility Guide. If you
are thinking about running Debian GNU/Hurd, but are not quite sure
if you have hardware that will make it happy, you’re in luck. James
Morrison announced
a Hardware
Compatibility Guide
to make life easy for all the prospective
Hurders out there. If you’re new to the Hurd, you can find the
Hurd
Orientation
at the beginning of each month on the Debian Hurd
mailing list.

New Volunteer Position. Ben Collins put out the
request
for a volunteer to handle incoming donations on the Debian Project
mailing list. This includes working with the Web team to keep the
donations page updated, placing donations and so forth.

Keep in Touch… If you have any questions or
comments, suggestions or news tips, send them to dwn@debian.org. For those of you who
celebrate Thanksgiving, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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