dc13 - 1.0


Niels Thykier
Day DebConf day 6 (2013-08-16)
Room Main talk room
Start time 10:30
Duration 00:45
ID 1008
Event type bof
Track QA
Language en

Lintian as a analysis framework

With a bit of nurturing, Lintian can mature into a static analysis framework.

In this BoF session, we would like to know more about what you want from Lintian if it turned into a reusable static package analysis framework.

Some open questions I hope we can debate in this session:

  • Would you be interested in maintaining your own (Lintian-based) checks that are domain/team specific?

    • Maybe a set of checks for pkg-$lang to check the team conventions are followed.
    • Or just a $language specific check that apply to packages of that $language.
  • What about having your checks run on all packages in the archive regularly?

    • Is that "must have", "nice to have" or just "mah, don't care"?
  • Are there some design limitations in Lintian that would make it unsuitable for your purpose?

    • Is it enough to be able to process a source and the binaries built from it? (Would it be useful to be able to process two versions of the same package/source together?)