1. Introduction
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    2. Examples
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Green turtles grow slowly. In the southern Bahamas, green turtles grew from 30 to 75 cm in 17 years., Ursula Keuper-Bennett and Peter Bennett, Turtle Trax

Turtles are wonderful marine animals. On this site however, you can get informed about a computer software with the name turtle. If you are on the look-out for information about the animals, you can meet other turtle enthusiasts at Turtle Trax.

About the Software

Turtle can be used to perform a lot of similar tasks in a coordinated fashion. Turtle stores information about the objects it can process in a filesystem hierarchy (database). Objects can be processed and manipulated through the command line interface, or directly by editing the filesystem.

The normal way to run a turtle is to populate the database with necessary information about the objects, and then let the turtle recursive over the tree of objects. The root object contains several groups, each group has a specific type which defines possible subobjects in this group. Currently, only two type of groups are supported: The MailBox type used to collect incoming e-mails for remote control of turtles database, and the Debian group type, which can be used to download Debian source packages, which can then be compiled and the resulting binaries uploaded. Thus, turtle can serve as an autobuilder for Debian.

It is the intention of the author, that more groups are written, which implement other jobs turtle should perform. Because the interface is small and flexible, there is no limit to what turtle can do. However, straight-forward applications would be autobuilders for other package formats and distributions, like rpm, CVS snapshots etc.