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2015-04-19 00:52:17 +0200
RC bugs 2015/11-16

only one week left until the jessie release. yay!

in the last weeks I didn't find many RC bugs that I could fix; still, here's the short list; nice feature: I mostly help others or could build an work done by others.

  • #669735 – dpkg-www: "dpkg-www: transition towards Apache 2.4"
    sponsor QA upload from Jean-Michel Nirgal Vourgère
  • #669777 – yocto-reader: "yocto-reader: transition towards Apache 2.4"
    sponsor NMU from Jean-Michel Nirgal Vourgère, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #669796 – w3c-linkchecker: "w3c-linkchecker: transition towards Apache 2.4"
    cherry-pick periapt's commit from 2012 (pkg-perl)
  • #764284 – testdisk: "[testdisk] after ntfs-3g upgrade, testdisk cannot be installed (Depends: error)"
    tag + sid to get it out of jessie RC bugs
  • #780629 – libibverbs1: "libibverbs1: please add Breaks: libopenmpi1.3"
    upload NMU prepared by Andreas Beckmann, adding a Breaks, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #780729 – pbuilder: "pbuilder must define PATH as in debian-policy (and as used on buildds)"
    downgrade
  • #782160 – src:chrony: "chrony: Multiple issues: CVE-2015-1821 CVE-2015-1822 CVE-2015-1853"
    sponsor maintainer upload by Joachim Wiedorn
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2015-03-08 18:44:48 +0100
RC bugs 2015/07-10

finally, some simple RC bugs appeared, & I could contribute a bit towards the jessie release:

  • #775913 – src:vala-0.26: "vala-0.26: CVE-2014-8154: Heap-buffer overflow in vala-gstreamer bindings at Gst.MapInfo()"
    add upstream patch, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #776409 – initramfs-tools: "Decryption problem with split /usr - cryptsetup/initramfs-tools"
    bug metadata cleanup (which removes it from jessie bugs), later downgraded by maintainer
  • #776683 – snmpd: "snmpd: SNMPd still tries to query PCI Bus"
    tag unreproducible moreinfo, later downgraded by release team
  • #779114 – patcher: "patcher: depend on perl instead of perl-modules"
    update Depends, upload to DELAYED/6
  • #779115 – polygen-data: "polygen-data: depend on perl instead of perl-modules"
    update Depends, upload to DELAYED/6, then rescheduled to 0-day with maintainer's permission
  • #779116 – pristine-tar: "pristine-tar: depend on perl instead of perl-modules"
    update Depends, QA upload
  • #779117 – pure-ftpd-common: "pure-ftpd-common: depend on perl instead of perl-modules"
    update Depends, upload to DELAYED/6
  • #779121 – tvtime: "tvtime: depend on perl instead of perl-modules"
    update Depends, QA upload
  • #779985 – libwww-youtube-download-perl: "libwww-youtube-download-perl: youtube-videos fail to download"
    apply patches from upstream bug tracker (pkg-perl)
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2015-02-08 22:11:39 +0100
RC bugs 2015/04-06

my small contributions around RC bugs during the last weeks:

  • #774862 – ciderwebmail: "ciderwebmail: unhandled symlink to directory conversion: /usr/share/ciderwebmail/root/static/images/mimeicons"
    fix maintscript (pkg-perl)
  • #774898 – macchanger: "fails to detect silent driver failure to change MAC"
    add patch from Joey Hess, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #775418 – pcmanfm-dbg: "pcmanfm-dbg: copyright file missing after upgrade (policy 12.5)"
    sponsor NMU by Mateusz Łukasik (dir_to_symlink fix), upload to DELAYED/2
  • #775617 – src:libdate-calc-xs-perl: "libdate-calc-xs-perl: FTBFS in jessie: Tests failures"
    help dam with patch bikeshedding (pkg-perl)
  • #775628 – src:libdate-calc-perl: "libdate-calc-perl: FTBFS in jessie: Tests failures"
    help dam with patch bikeshedding (pkg-perl)
  • #775632 – src:libdate-pcalc-perl: "libdate-pcalc-perl: FTBFS in jessie: Tests failures"
    help dam with patch bikeshedding (pkg-perl)
  • #775725 – dh-make-perl: "dh-make-perl requires YAML::XS, which is not installed"
    add missing dependency (pkg-perl)
  • #775785 – trac-mercurial: "trac-mercurial: Internal error when viewing Trac source browser"
    add upstream patch, upload to DELAYED/2
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2015-01-18 22:41:35 +0100
RC bugs 2014/51-2015/03

I have to admit that I was a bit lazy when it comes to working on RC bugs in the last weeks. here's my not-so-stellar summary:

  • #729220 – pdl: "pdl: problems upgrading from wheezy due to triggers"
    investigate (unsuccessfully), later fixed by maintainer
  • #772868 – gxine: "gxine: Trigger cycle causes dpkg to fail processing"
    switch trigger from "interest" to "interest-noawait", upload to DELAYED/2
  • #774584 – rtpproxy: "rtpproxy: Deamon does not start as init script points to wrong executable path"
    adjust path in init script, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #774791 – src:xine-ui: "xine-ui: Creates dpkg trigger cycle via libxine2-ffmpeg, libxine2-misc-plugins or libxine2-x"
    add trigger patch from Michael Gilbert, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #774862 – ciderwebmail: "ciderwebmail: unhandled symlink to directory conversion: /usr/share/ciderwebmail/root/static/images/mimeicons"
    use dpkg-maintscript-helper to fix symlink_to_dir conversion (pkg-perl)
  • #774867 – lirc-x: "lirc-x: unhandled symlink to directory conversion: /usr/share/doc/PACKAGE"
    use dpkg-maintscript-helper to fix symlink_to_dir conversion, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #775640 – src:libarchive-zip-perl: "libarchive-zip-perl: FTBFS in jessie: Tests failures"
    start to investigate (pkg-perl)
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2014-12-24 16:23:31 +0100
GDAC 2014/24

the last year hasn't been an easy one for debian. we've seen lots of fights, unproductive discussions, & in general behaviour which contributed to what enrico in his brilliant blog post called the "stink in the kitchen". people's feelings were hurt, some became less active, others resigned from a specific position or retired completely.

it happened to me as well that reading through threads full of trolling, aggressiveness, finger-pointing, unrespectful or abusive behaviour, etc. made me frustrated, or sad, or angry, or all kinds of other negative feelings.

but then I usually told myself: this is not the debian project as I know it; this is only a small part – a part which urgently needs improvement! –; but if we only look at it alone, our picture of debian at large is distorted.

the much bigger part of the debian life I know doesn't happen on this handful of high-profile mailing lists; it happens on dozens of specialized mailing lists, in many small IRC channels, in the BTS, & in in-person meetings. – & what I see there is most of the time constructive, collaborative, respectful communication, & committed, helpful, funny, awesome people.

the idea of this advent calendar was to give examples of some of my recent experiences which demonstrate what the bright side of debian is in my opinion & what contributes to my fun in debian. with the aim of sharing my impression that the proverbial "stink" is, if we take a step back, only one piece of the bigger picture, & that we shouldn't let ourselves get demotivated by only staring at this puzzle piece. – thanks to all the awesome contributors for polishing existing & adding new shiny puzzle pieces to our common picture every day!

finally: thanks for reading this series of posts, & especially thank you to all who provided positive feedback – this in turn motivated me to follow through!

& now: back to work, & don't forget to help cleaning the kitchen :)


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-23 22:15:13 +0100
GDAC 2014/23

when I think about debian, one term that comes to my mind is "quality". of course it can be annoying when the ftp-masters REJECT a new package or when potential sponsors nit-pick on packaging details but in general this all leads to our excellent software quality. & yes, I've also seen less-than-excellent packages when working on RC bugs but I still believe that as a whole we strive to Do Things Right™. - thanks to all mentors, QA people, ftp-masters, & diligent package maintainers!


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-22 23:04:47 +0100
GDAC 2014/22

today I read about a nice & successful example that shows that a debian derivative works best by contributing back to debian & working on debian directly. - great to see again that debian is at the center of a whole ecosystem, & thanks to the grml team!


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-21 22:32:05 +0100
GDAC 2014/21

today I got two private mails from fellow DDs; both were personal messages & a pleasure to read. but what I also realized is that both emails were encrypted. which reminded me how hard it is to communicate securely with most people, & how easy it is with debian people. – & this is something we can be proud of!


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-20 22:56:15 +0100
GDAC 2014/20

today seen on IRC: a maintainer was surprised & happy that their package had migrated to testing without having filed an unblock request. once again an example of the awesome work of the release team which pro-actively unblocked the package. – a big thank you to the members of the release team!


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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2014-12-19 20:07:05 +0100
GDAC 2014/19

yesterday I learned that I can go to FOSDEM in early 2015 because a conflicting event was cancelled. that makes me happy because FOSDEM is great for seeing other debian folks, & especially for meeting friends.


this posting is part of GDAC (gregoa's debian advent calendar), a project to show the bright side of debian & why it's fun for me to contribute.

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