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Introducting Debian Trends: historical graphs about Debian packaging practices, and "packages smells"

TL;DR: see https://trends.debian.net and


Following this blog post[1] I did some work on setting up a proper
framework to graph historical trends about Debian packaging practices.
The result is now available at [2], and I'm confident that I will be
able to update this on a regular basis (every few months).

Additionally (and much more controversially I guess :-) ) I also added
an analysis of "package smells"[3], such as "not using dh", "not using a
recent debhelper compat level", "not using a 3.0 source format", etc. I
understand that in some cases there might be good reasons to keep those
"smells", but I find it valuable to have them presented in a more
actionable way to fix the cases that should be fixed. So there's a list
of smells, sorted by maintainer/uploader [4].

Given that Debian is currently frozen to prepare the buster release,
this is a bad time to start fixing those smells, but I will send a
reminder to debian-devel@ once buster is released. (It's interesting to
see how the number of smells plateaued during previous freezes).

- Lucas

[1] https://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=945
[2] https://trends.debian.net/
[3] https://trends.debian.net/#smells
[4] https://trends.debian.net/smells-dd-list.txt

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