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I have been looking (in https://db.debian.org/machines.cgi) for a service or list of Debian packages without upstream (parent project).

Because I think there are a lot of deb packages which are alive in Debian but are dead outside.

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The Ultimate Debian Database has an upstream version query which you can use to list all packages who either don’t have a watch file (to track upstream releases) or whose watch file results in an empty value (because upstream has gone, or an error occurred):

curl https://udd.debian.org/cgi-bin/upstream-status.json.cgi |
jq '.[] | select(.["upstream-version"] == null) | .package'

This doesn’t quite answer your question, since it won’t find packages which do track upstream releases, but where upstream releases are unlikely to ever occur again (for example, fyre, which I know has been abandoned for a long time). It will also find packages which are themselves unmaintained (they have an obsolete watch file, regardless of upstream’s status). But I think that this is the best you’ll get in an automated fashion.

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