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Old 05-30-2012, 12:28 PM
Axel Beckert
Default Bug#675187: ITP: curses-apt-key -- Text-mode key manager for apt-key

Package: wnpp
Owner: Axel Beckert <abe@debian.org>
Severity: wishlist

* Package name : curses-apt-key
Version : 0~2012.05.30
Upstream Author : Axel Beckert <abe@debian.org>
* URL or Web page : https://github.com/xtaran/curses-apt-key
* License : GPLv2+
Description : Text-mode key manager for apt-key

This text-mode frontend to the apt-key utility provides an easy way to
maintain digital keys for APT also on servers (compared to
gui-apt-key). Those keys are required to authenticate Debian archives
and prevent malicious packages to creep in.


It's basically the gui-apt-key frontend by Joey Schulze rewritten with
Curses instead of Gtk but still using the same backend, i.e.
gui-apt-key's internal backend called GAK::Backend.

Currently curses-apt-key depends on gui-apt-key, which means it pulls
in Gtk, X libraries, etc. which is surely not wanted on servers, but
still saves one from needing to do X forwarding via SSH.

To be widely useful, gui-apt-key needs to be splitted in two binary
packages: a backend and (Gtk) frontend.

I've got a PoC patch that splits up gui-apt-key accordingly which I'll
file as wishlist bug against gui-apt-key soon.

The current curses-apt-key package works fine with both, the current
gui-apt-key and the backend only packages produced by my patch, i.e.
it doesn't need changes once the patch is applied to gui-apt-key.

Binary packages for testing are available at http://noone.org/debian/.

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