Free Software Directory:Import

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We have begun the process of importing packages from the main area on Debian GNU/Linux. Right now the process is three steps:

  • We have a tool (to be published on savannah shortly) that collects package metadata and outputs a JSON file.
  • By hand we clean-up the JSON file, such as removing parts of the description that are Debian-specific and whatnot.
  • We then generate a set of wiki files that are then imported into the Directory using a simple import script.

See Debian-2013-03-20 for statistics on our first round of importing from Debian.

Further work on importer

  • The first challenge is to figure out what trisquel projects correspond to which FSD projects, and which ones have no match in the other database.
    • I've written a program that takes lines of tab-separated fields and returns info about approximate matches. Once the output is generated, people need to go through it and select the correct choice. You can get the input i used and the output it generated in an attachement to the directory-discuss mailing list.
    • We need someone to make a javascript interface that lets people choose what they think a correct match is. We'll save those result for the steps below.
  • Then, a program needs to read from the Trisquel package database, to gather all of the info.
    • malberts was talking on irc about a program (the appnr api used by that downloads apt package info from a repository and then adds the info into a sql database, and offers an api for working with the data.
  • Then a program needs to be written to automatically update FSD entries based on the Trisquel data.
  • If/when the flagged revs plugin is installed, then those updates can be approved on a case-by-case basis, to make sure that things match, and nothing is broken.

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