Debian::Package::HTML - Generates a webpage information (and Linda/Lintian checks) about a Debian binary or source package using HTML::Template


  use strict;
  use Debian::Package::HTML;
  my $package = Debian::Package::HTML->new(%packageHash);






This module outputs a webpage using HTML::Template templates which resumes the information of a normal build environment for a package in Debian (source files, binary packages and changelogs) using Linda/Lintian for sanity checks. It is useful for making unified presentation webpages for those packages which are being sponsorized by someone in Debian.



  • $object->new(%packageHash)

    Constructs an $object with all information concerning the package, including location for binary/source files, changelogs, diffs, pristine sources, as well as templates, charsets and other settings.

    Possible elements for the hash are:

    "binary", "control", "source", "diff", "changes", each one of them specifying one of the five possible files generated by a package building process in Debian.

    "control" is mandatory.


  • $object->output(%contextHash)

    Does the actual XHTML output. Possible elements for the hash are:

    "briefing" (boolean): if TRUE, WebInfo will look for a briefing.html in the current directory, and will include the content in the resulting output. Useful for introducing commentaries without touching the final HTML. Defaults to FALSE.

    "charset": determines the output charset. Defaults to "ISO-8859-1".

    "resultTemplate": specifies the location of an HTML::Template style template for output. This is mandatory, and defaults to "result.tmpl"

    "pageStyle": specifies the location of a CSS file which might be included.

    "doChecks" (boolean): if TRUE, WebInfo will run linda and lintian over the control file and will generate a ${packageName}-checks.txt file which will be included in the final output. Defaults to FALSE.

    "dump": determines where to put the resulting HTML output. Defaults to index.html


No DSC could be found/open

You need to specify a DSC control file using the "control" parameter for the new() method. If you don't, WebInfo can't do much. The package will inform if the file could not be FOUND or could not be OPEN.

Please report the bugs, I'd love to work on them.


Template customization

You can customize the final output using your own HTML::Template template file and specifying it as a parameter for the output() method. The following template variable names are honored by WebInfo:

packageName: the name of the package

packageVersion: the version of the package

maintainerName: the name of the maintainer

maintainerMail: the e-mail address of the maintainer

maintainerPlus: a "+" separated name/surname for the maintainer (useful for URL searching)

pageCharset: the page charset (customizable in the output() method)

pageStyle: the CSS file (customizable in the output() method)

packagef: the available package files as an array reference, so HTML::Template should iterate over the "packagefile" variable.

date: the date specified by the current locale

doChecks: a boolean variable specifying if Linda/Lintian checks were made

briefing: a boolean variable specifying if a briefing.html file should be included

Example template

An example template is in:

HTML outputs with that template and no CSS look like:


Only a control file


  use strict;
  use warnings;

  use Debian::Package::HTML;

  my $package = Debian::Package::HTML->new( "control" => "falselogin.dsc" );
  $package->output ( "resultTemplate" => "result.tmpl", "dump" => "index.html" );

A complete building environment


  use strict;
  use warnings;

  use Debian::Package::HTML;

  my $package = Debian::Package::HTML->new("control" => "falselogin.dsc", 
  "binary" => "falselogin.deb",
  "diff" => "falselogin.diff.gz",
  "source" => "falselogin.orig.tar.gz",
  "changes" => "falselogin.changes"

  $package -> output ( "resultTemplate" => "anotherTemplate.tmpl",
  "style" => "groovy-style.css",
  "charset" => "UTF-8",
  "doChecks" => "1",
  "dump" => "firstPackage.html"

Some ideas

Well, throw the files generated by your compilations (dpkg-buildpackage, i.e.) in a /var/www/<my package> served by your webserver of choice and run a small program using Debian::Package::HTML and a nice CSS/Template. You will have a great webpage for all your Debian packages, really useful if you're not yet a Developer and need to handle several packages with your sponsors.


Jose Parrella ( wrote the original code, then modularized and OOed the code.

Thanks go to Christian Sánchez ( who helped with the original HTML::Template'ing


Copyright 2006 Jose Parrella. All rights reserved.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


perl(1), HTML::Template.

2 POD Errors

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You forgot a '=back' before '=head1'

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