|| ||"Matthew Revell" <matthew.revell-AT-canonical.com>|
|| ||Launchpad 1.2.2: faster PPA builds,
enhanced bug subscriptions and more karma!|
|| ||Fri, 22 Feb 2008 11:56:49 +0000|
It's time for another Launchpad release and this is one with
something for just about everyone!
* Karma fiends take note: registering branches and linking
branches to bugs or blueprints now earns you karma! Want
to know more about karma? Take a look at
* Faster PPA builds: we've cut the time it takes to build
packages in PPAs. The moment you upload your source,
Launchpad starts building.
* More bug notifications: now you can subscribe to get bug
mail about any milestone, project, package or
* Savannah bug watches: keep an eye on bugs tracked at
savannah.gnu.org and savannah.nongnu.org
* Improved branch registration page: it's now easier to
register a branch in Launchpad.
There's also exciting news for Launchpad beta testers! You
can now apply to use Launchpad to run a mailing list for a
team you're involved with. Find out more at
Not a beta tester yet? You're missing out on first looks at
new features and the chance to shape the future of Launchpad.
Learn more at https://help.launchpad.net/BetaTesting
Read on for more of what's new in Launchpad 1.2.2.
Package management and PPAs (Soyuz)
* PPA build times have been cut by up to an hour. Now, the
build process starts as soon as you upload a package.
* Packages in PPAs now have a changelog and details of the
resultant binary packages. Visit
https://launchpad.net/~mythbuntu/+archive and expand
one of the packages listed to see an example. (Bug 181323)
* Ubuntu's unapproved package queue is now visible to all
Launchpad users. Visit
* Rejecting language packs from the upload queue previously
caused a UI OOPS or queue-tool crash. This is now fixed.
* If a package fails to build because it depends on a
binary that is not available, DEPWAIT will now retry the
build only if it can fulfil all dependencies from a
compatible component. This will result in cleaner build
logs and more build slots for other packages. (Bug 177827)
* Packages synced from Debian are now automatically
overridden to the correct Ubuntu component. Packages from
Debian main enter Ubuntu universe, while packages from
Debian's contrib and non-free enter Ubuntu's multiverse.
* We've overhauled the "Register branch" page to make it
easier and quicker to register a new branch. Improvements
include: a drop-down list to choose the branch owner, which
is populated by yourself and the teams of which you're a
member and a preview of the branch URL, if you're
registering a hosted branch, which is updated as you
change the branch details (such as the owner). If you're
registering a hosted branch, you'll also notice that the
branch URL field is disabled. Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
with your comments on these changes!
(Bugs 184707 and 184708)
* You can propose a merger between two branches that are
tracked by Launchpad. For example: if someone wants to
add a new feature to your code, they can create a new
branch, hack on it, upload it back to Launchpad and then
propose it for merger with your original branch. As the
owner of that original branch, you can now review and
either accept or reject the proposed merger directly in
the Launchpad UI. Find out more at
* More karma! Registering branches and linking branches to
bugs or blueprints now adds to your karma. These
activities also now show up on your Launchpad profile
page as participation in the relevant project.
* When browsing a branch's recent revisions, the name of a
revision's author is now taken from the Bazaar "author"
attribute, where available. (Bug 144062)
* When searching for a branch - for example, to create a
bug-branch link - you can now search for the full unique
name of the branch, such as ~bzr/bzr/trunk. (Bug 173121)
* Staying informed of the latest bugs associated with
something that interests you is now supremely easy.
Simply click "Subscribe to bugmail" in the Actions menu
on the overview page of a milestone, project,
distribution package or a distribution itself.
Subscriptions for project-groups (e.g.
https://launchpad.net/mozilla) will come later this year.
(Bugs 186607, 186611, 186612, 186616 and 186619)
* You can now use Launchpad to watch bugs that are tracked
on savannah.gnu.org and savannah.nongnu.org. (Bug 45386)
* Using the bug tracker's email interface? Now you can
attach files to a bug report without having to use the
web interface. Simply attach the file to an email and
send it to the bug tracker. Certain types of file, such
as email signatures, are ignored. (Bug 30225)
* Bug notification emails have two new headers:
X-Launchpad-Bug-Security-Vulnerability. Their value can
be either "yes" or "no". Also, notifications about new
security-related bugs have a prominent notice at the top
of the message:
"*** This bug is a security vulnerability ***"
* Want help using the bug tracker's email interface? Send a
blank mail from one of your Launchpad-registered email
addresses to email@example.com and you'll get a
reply with instructions. (Bug 158700)
* Launchpad logs unexpected errors as "OOPS reports". Now,
if such an error occurs while you're using the bug email
interface, Launchpad will email you with the OOPS report
number to let you know that there was a problem. If the
error is blocking your work, you can file a support
* It's now easier to browse someone's translations, which
is useful if you're evaluating their work. Currently you
can visit their translations overview page and see a list
of all the applications and distribution packages they've
helped translate. Clicking on an application and package
name now reveals the full list of strings they've
contributed. Previously this would display the list of
other translators for that application. Take a look at
https://translations.launchpad.net/people/+me to try it
out if you're an active translator.
* Launchpad supports up to four plural forms in each
language. We are working to extend that to six but, in
the meantime, Launchpad will email you an error message
to explain the problem if it occurs.
(Bugs 181707 and 189880)
* You will now get more helpful error messages if a
translation file import fails. (Bug 35430)
* You can now use PO files that have escaped newlines.
* In languages with multiple plural forms, omitting one or
more forms from a translation previously caused an error.
We've now fixed this. (Bug 186548)
* We fixed a bug where a translation's last contributor
(the "Last-Translator" field) was not updated when the
translation changed. (Bug 190145)
* Searching for the name of a language at
https://translations.launchpad.net/+languages is now case
insensitive. You can also search using parts of a language
name. For example: searching for "pani" will return
"Spanish". (Bug 127901)
* Searching translations will now also search for parts of
words. For example: search for "download" and you'll also
receive results for "downloading", "downloadable", etc.
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