The debmans project welcomes contributions of all sort.

A broader discussion about the service is in the wiki page.

Source code

The source code should be available in this Gitlab repository. Gitlab was chosen because this project hopes to be reused by other Debian derivatives and we prefer to have a neutral space to develop the software. Gitlab also provides an issue queue to report a new issue.

Debian developers not desiring to use a semi-proprietary platform like Gitlab may still use the collab-maint repository, see CollaborativeMaintenance for more information on how to collaborate on those repositories. The two repositories are synchronized every hour.

Issues, feature requests and security

Patches can be sent by email (see below) or with Gitlab Merge Requests.

Security issues can be privately reported on Gitlab or directly to the author, at You can use this OpenPGP public key to encrypt messages for confidential security issues:

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Test suite

Make sure you run tests before you send a patch. Also add tests for new functionalities you add or for bugs you find. Tests are done with pytest:


Test coverage can be verified with:

py.test --cov debmans

Exact lines lacking test coverage are available in the HTML report that can be generated with:

py.test --cov debmans --cov-report html

The test suite requires the dget and dpkg-scansources commands from the devscripts package to build a test mirror. Network access is required if packages are not locally cached in /var/cache/apt/archives or where dget can find them (see DGET_PATH in the dget(1) manpage).

Release process

  1. make sure tests pass (see above for details):

  2. create a signed and annotated tag:

    git tag -s x.y.z
  3. build and test Python “wheel”:

    python bdist_wheel
    sudo pip install dist/*.whl
    debmans --version
    debmans -m /var/cache/apt/archives -o html -v --progress extract render site serve
    sudo pip uninstall debmans
  4. push commits and tags to the git repository:

    git push
    git push --tags
  5. publish Python “wheel” on PyPI:

    twine upload dist/*
  6. announce on