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Old 11-18-2008, 07:43 PM
Marcin Owsiany
Default Bug#506151: ITP: apt-forktracer -- a utility for managing package versions

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist
Version: N/A; reported 2008-11-18

Package name: apt-forktracer
Upstream Author: Copyright (C) 2008 Marcin Owsiany
URL: http://marcin.owsiany.pl/apt-forktracer-page
License: GPL v2 or later
Description: a utility for managing package versions
apt-forktracer tries to alleviate the problem that APT stops tracking
official versions of a package after you pin it or install a newer
It displays a list of packages which are in an inconsistent state or
have a version other than the newest official installed. You can choose
to ignore certain packages - if they match certain criteria - with a
configuration file.

I already announced the intent to write such program in August:

I finally completed it, and it is available for download from the
homepage. The documentation is available there as well. As I said in the
original thread, it is implemented in Python, as I wanted to learn the
language better and I thought it is more appropriate for prototyping.

I am open to suggestions for a better name. "Fork" may have negative
connotation, but I could not think of anything else that would emphasize
the fact that the program is interested in two versions at the same
time, one of which is "official".

Marcin Owsiany <porridge@debian.org> http://marcin.owsiany.pl/
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