It has taken me a while to get around to it, but following an announcement in the Debian Developer news I decided to try out and then merge into my packaging work-flow the new “duck” command line tool.
is all you need from inside your package’s directory to check that all the URL’s and email addresses quoted in your package are not broken.
As I am lazy and do as much packaging as I can in Ubuntu Trusty (14.04) so that I don’t have to fire up my sid VM, I found that duck is so new it is only in Utopic (to be 14.10) and I could not use it. Therefore I used the wonderful “requestbackport” and “backportpackage” to request a backport.
And before I had had time to make a cup of tea, Felix Geyer had uploaded it to trusty-backports!