Status of the App Brancher

Daniel Holbach daniel.holbach at
Wed Jun 13 10:00:35 UTC 2012

Hello everybody,

I thought I'd give a quick update on how things are looking with the
apps brancher.

Good news:
 - A lot of apps have been successfully pushed to
   This makes it a lot easier to review apps and propose changes to
   go into the app. Yesterday I worked a bit on the vm-lens app
   and put up lp:~dholbach/ubuntu-app-reviews/vm-lens which is
   currently being reviewed.
 - pkgme deals nicely with a number of apps which didn't have
   packaging before. It will be great to review the resulting
   apps and find out how we can improve pkgme to do an even better
 - The brancher is more robust now and deals with .zip and .tar
   files correctly. The log of the imports can be found at
 - You can easily branch it from lp:apps-brancher and run it
   locally if you read the INSTALL file before.

 - #1011532 bzr import of fails
 - #1008942 write actions to RSS (it'd be great to be able to
   subscribe to updated/new branches)
 - #1008998 Deal with .deb files (this needs a decision)
 - #1010527 Deal with text files
   #1012064 Parse feedback page / initial comment for branch/ppa
            information (these two should be great to have fixed)
 - #1012098 figure out what to do with branches-in-tarballs
   (this one needs a decision too)
 - #1011451 Deal with .jar files

It'd be good to discuss a bit how we want to use the tool and what else
it needs to make it truly useful, so I'm looking forward to hear
questions and feedback. :-)

Have a great day,

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