Restructuring ubuntu-dev-tools?

Serge E. Hallyn serge.hallyn at
Fri Mar 11 14:13:50 UTC 2011

Quoting Barry Warsaw (barry at
> On Jan 27, 2011, at 01:19 PM, Martin Pool wrote:
> >By "people in general" I mean it doesn't need to include things that
> >are only for Ubuntu developers, or that scratch particular personal
> >itches.  But there are some very common things like adding a person to
> >a team or changing bug state or listing bugs that are pretty much
> >policy-free.  At the moment they are spread across a bunch of
> >different client tools, and therefore are needlessly inconsistent,
> >hard to find, and duplicative.
> While these tools are really great, discoverability is a big problem.  I
> wonder if it would make sense to bring the most useful ones under a common top
> level command, a la bzr, svn, and so on.  When written in Python, argparse
> provides very nice support for subcommand definitions.  For example, Mailman 3
> includes a top level 'mailman' command with subcommands for starting/stopping
> the processor, creating lists, etc.
> I'm not sure there's enough commonality to justify it, but I'm throwing it out
> there anyway. ;)

I think that's a great idea.  And so long as there is a good 'help'
command or manpage listing all the options, that would greatly
help out new develpers, and maybe let me get rid of my random-looking
cheat-sheet of packaging incantations.


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