debtags-edit - Search and categorize Debian packages
debtags-edit is GUI application to search and categorize Debian
packages using both the APT and the Debtags databases. Its purpose is
to make it easy and fast for everyone to contribute to the Debian
When run, debtags-edit accesses the APT database and the Debtags
database to provide package search functionality. Clicking on a result
of the search displays the package details and allows to add or remove
tags to the package.
Together with the package details is a list of related packages,
computed using Debian Package Tags. If wrong packages show up in the
related packages box, then it’s a symptom of poor categorization: go at
If the environment variable DEBEMAIL is set on startup, debtags-edit
will consider you a Debian Developer and will start with the filter
setup to look for your packages. If DEBEMAIL is not set, then the
filter is initialized to show only installed packages.
debtags-edit is able to save your changes in a tag patch file inside
the directory ~/.debtags/. The tag patch file is a smart patch format
which can be applied to any version of the Debtags archive, so your
changes will remain valid after you run debtags update. debtags-edit
will automatically save your changes on exit, or when you invoke the
TODO: submission of local modifications for inclusion in the central
Please see debtags(1) for informations on Debian Package Tags. Please
see tagcoll(1) for a description of a tagged collection and of the
format of the tag patch.
This program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long
options starting with two dashes (‘-’).
--help Print an help message and exit.
Print the program version and exit.
Print informational messages about the program operations to
Print debug messages to standard error.
debtags-edit has been written by Enrico Zini <firstname.lastname@example.org> for
the purpose of experimenting with tagged collections and related
algorithms: all possible feedback and ideas are thus more than welcome.