Using Debtags to Get All Debian Packages Which Are Implemented in C

Ok for some time I thought about creating a real world test and regression suite for tinycc. It would be nice if I could use the existing Debian infrastructure for this purpose. For obvious reasons I am only interested in packages which are implemented in C, so I searched for a way to filter them out. It seems like debtag could do the trick, the following command returns 1160 packages on an etch system.

debtags grep implemented-in::c | cut -d: -f1

Let’s see what I can do with it.