Restructuring ubuntu-dev-tools?

Jonathan Lange jml at
Fri Mar 11 14:35:53 UTC 2011

On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 1:04 PM, Barry Warsaw <barry at> wrote:
> 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 what Martin is aiming to do by encouraging people to
submit their scripts etc. to lptools. Once it gets a bit of momentum
behind it, we on Launchpad can start recommending it as our blessed
command-line client.


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