#8064 Tim Smith (SourceForge site ops) asked me to file this report.

Paul Wise

Tim Smith (SourceForge site ops) asked me to file this report.

Debian uses a tool for checking versions of upstream software called uscan:


uscan relies on a HTML page with links to all released files (source tarballs etc) available for the upstream software in question. It detects version numbers by looking at filenames in link hrefs. For most projects that suffices. SourceForge does not currently provide such a HTML page. If you could provide something like the first URL below at the second URL (or similar) that would be helpful. For compatibility with the current code, the links should not have /download at the end of them like current links in the files interface do. It should be fine for the URLs to redirect to the final URL, fine for the URLs to be absolute links and fine to add any other content to the pages. The sort order does not matter, but should probably be sorted by date descending so humans reading the page get approximately the right order. If the page is added I will need to verify the existing uscan code is still compatible.



Apache Allura: Tickets: #7512


  • Anonymous - 2014-06-30
    • labels: files --> files, engr, nf-7512
    • status: unread --> assigned
    • assigned_to: Chris Tsai
  • Anonymous - 2014-06-30

    Thank you for this report, I'm escalating this to our engineering team for further evaluation.

    Chris Tsai, SourceForge.net Support

  • Paul Wise

    Paul Wise - 2014-07-15

    Tim mentioned privately that you are considering rejecting this request. The problem is becoming more annoying to Debian package maintainers, there have been a number of mailing list threads since the problem arose. I would like to have a decision on this soon so that we can change our code as needed. Obviously we would prefer SourceForge to host the page but we can also adapt our code to use the RSS feature, as long as that feature is maintained and can be used to list all files.

    On a personal note I would actually like to see an all files page, ever since the ability to have directories in the files area was added, I've missed the ability to see all files instead of having to hunt in through directories.

  • Tim Smith

    Tim Smith - 2014-07-18

    Paul, realistically the RSS feed is the best approach to handle this, unless that proves just unworkable.

  • Tim Smith

    Tim Smith - 2014-07-18
    • status: assigned --> wont-fix
    • assigned_to: Chris Tsai --> Roberto Galoppini

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