Maybe do you remember, last year I mentored a Google Summer of code whose aim was to replace our well known Package Tracking System with something more modern, usable by derivatives and more easily hackable. The result of this project is a new Django-based software called Distro Tracker.
With the help of the Debian System Administrators, it’s now setup on tracker.debian.org!
This service is also managed by the Debian QA team, it’s deployed in /srv/tracker.debian.org/ (on ticharich.debian.org, a VM) if you want to verify something on the live installation. It runs under the “qa” user (so members of the “qa-core” group can administer it).
That said you can reproduce the setup on your workstation quite easily, just by checking out the git repository and applying this change:
--- a/distro_tracker/project/settings/local.py +++ b/distro_tracker/project/settings/local.py @@ -10,6 +10,7 @@ overrides on top of those type-of-installation-specific settings. from .defaults import INSTALLED_APPS from .selected import * +from .debian import * ## Add your custom settings here
Speaking of contributing, the documentation includes a “Contributing” section to get you up and running, ready to do your first contribution!
Now go use this new service and report any issue against the new tracker.debian.org pseudo-package (BTW tracker.debian.org knows about pseudo-packages, example here).
There are many small things that need to be fixed/improved, if you know Python/Django and would like to start contributing to Debian, here’s your chance! 🙂