Debian Packages

Here are the packages (of code originally written by other people) I maintain for the Debian project.


C-Kermit is a combined serial and network communication software package offering a consistent, medium-independent, cross-platform approach to connection establishment, terminal sessions, file transfer, character-set translation, and automation of communication tasks.


Shell Users' Revolutionary Front Rage Against the Web

Surfraw provides a fast unix command line interface to a variety of popular WWW search engines and other artifacts of power. It reclaims google, wikipedia, cpan, wayback, amazon, imdb, babelfish, freshmeat, research index, slashdot and many others from the false-prophet, pox-infested heathen lands of html-forms, placing these wonders where they belong, deep in unix heartland, as god loving extensions to the shell.

Due to heavy dependencies, the opensearch elvis has been split off into a seperate package, surfraw-extra.

Surfraw was originally written by Julian Assange, and is in the public domain. I am part of the team developing it. Join us on the surfraw-devel mailing list.

GNU Interactive Tools (gnuit)

GNU Interactive Tools (gnuit, formerly git) is a set of interactive text-mode tools, closely integrated with the shell. It contains an extensible file system browser, an ascii/hex file viewer, a process viewer/killer and some other related utilities and shell scripts. It can be used to increase the speed and efficiency of most of the daily tasks such as copying and moving files and directories, invoking editors, compressing and uncompressing files, creating and expanding archives, compiling programs, sending mail, etc. It looks nice, has colors (if the standard ANSI color sequences are supported) and is user-friendly.

One of the main advantages of gnuit is its flexibility. It is not limited to a given set of commands. The configuration file can be easily enhanced, allowing the user to add new commands or file operations, depending on its needs or preferences.

This is not Linus Torvalds' content tracker, also called git. To avoid confusion, the package is now called gnuit. In Debian Lenny, git is a transitional package to drag in the new gnuit package

MP3::Tag (libmp3-tag-perl)

MP3::Tag is a perl module to read and write ID3 metadata tags within MP3 files. libmp3-tag-perl is the debian package that supplies MP3::Tag.

WWW::OpenSearch (libwww-opensearch-perl)

WWW::OpenSearch is a perl module to search web sites that provide an OpenSearch description and handle responses in Atom or RSS.

See for more information on OpenSearch.

I packaged WWW::OpenSearch to allow OpenSearch support in surfraw, see the surfraw-extra package.

URI::Template (liburi-template-perl)

URI::Template is a perl module to provide a wrapper round URI Templates. It is packaged as a dependency of WWW::Opensearch

Packages I no longer maintain

For various reasons (usually obsolescence or lack of time), there are some packages I no longer maintain