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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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2014-12-18 23:01:30 +0100
GDAC 2014/18

what constantly fascinates me in debian is that people sit at home, have an idea, work on it, & then suddenly present it to an unexpecting public; all without prior announcements or discussions, & totally apart from any hot discussion-de-jour. the last example I encountered & tried out just now is the option to edit source packages online & submit patches. - I hope we as a project can keep up with this creativity!


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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2014-12-17 23:30:08 +0100
GDAC 2014/17

my list of IRC channels (& the list of people I'm following on micro-blogging platforms) has a heavy debian bias. a thing I noticed today is that I had read (or at least: seen) messages in 6 languages (English, German, Castilian, Catalan, French, Italian). – thanks guys for the free language courses :) (& the opportunity to at least catch a glimpse into other cultures)


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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2014-12-16 23:46:58 +0100
GDAC 2014/16

today I met with a young friend (attending the final year of technical high school) for coffee. he's exploring free software since one or two years, & he's running debian jessie on his laptop since some time. it's really amazing to see how exciting this travel into the free software cosmos is for him; & it's good to see that linux & debian are not only appealing to greybeards like me :)


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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2014-12-15 22:58:17 +0100
GDAC 2014/15

nothing exciting today in my debian life. just yet another nice example of collaboration around an RC bug where the bug submitter, the maintainer & me investigated via the BTS, & the maintainer also got support on IRC from others. – now we just need someone to come up with an actual fix for the problem :)


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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2014-12-14 22:27:37 +0100
GDAC 2014/14

I just got a couple of mails from the BTS. like almost every day, several times per day. now it made me realize how much I like the BTS, & how happy I am that it works so well & even gets new features. – thanks to the BTS maintainers for their continuous work!


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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2014-12-14 17:01:21 +0100
RC bugs 2014/49-50

it's getting harder to find "nice" RC bugs, due to the efforts of various bug hunters & the awesome auto-removal-from-testing feature. – anyway, here's the list of bugs I worked on in the last 2 weeks:

  • #766740 – gamera: "gamera FTBFS on arm64, testsuite failure."
    sponsor maintainer upload
  • #766773 – irssi-plugin-xmpp: "irssi-plugin-xmpp: /query <JID> fails with "Irssi: critical query_init: assertion 'query->name != NULL' failed""
    add some speculation to the bug report, request binNMU after submitter's confirmation, close this bug afterwards
  • #768127 – dhelp: "Fails to build the index when invalid UTF-8 is met"
    apply patch from Daniel Getz, upload to DELAYED/5
  • #770672 – src:gnome-packagekit: "gnome-packagekit: FTBFS without docbook: reference to entity "REFENTRY" for which no system identifier could be generated"
    provide information, ask for clarification, severity lowered by maintainer
  • #771496 – dpkg-cross: "overwrites user changes to configuration file /etc/dpkg-cross/cross-compile on upgrade (violates 10.7.3)"
    tag confirmed and add information, later downgraded by maintainer, then set back to RC by submitter …
  • #771500 – darcsweb: "darcsweb: postinst uses /usr/share/doc content (Policy 12.3): /usr/share/doc/darcsweb/examples/darcsweb.conf"
    install config sample into /usr/share/<package>, upload to DELAYED/5
  • #771501 – pygopherd: "pygopherd: postinst uses /usr/share/doc content (Policy 12.3): /usr/share/doc/pygopherd/examples/gophermap"
    sponsor NMU from Cameron Norman, upload to DELAYED/5
  • #771727 – fex: "fex: postinst uses /usr/share/doc content (Policy 12.3)"
    propose patch, installing config templates under /usr/share/<package>, upload to DELAYED/5 later, patch then integrated into maintainer upload
  • #772005 – libdevice-cdio-perl: "libdevice-cdio-perl: Debian patch causes Perl crashes in Device::Cdio::ISO9660::IFS's readdir: "Error in `/usr/bin/perl': realloc(): invalid next size: 0x0000000001f05850""
    reproduce the bug (pkg-perl)
  • #772159 – ruby-moneta: "ruby-moneta: leaves mysqld running after build"
    apply patch from Colin Watson, upload to DELAYED/2
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2014-12-13 21:48:35 +0100
GDAC 2014/13

not sure if it it's me or debian but today was a quiet day. time to look back & see what has happened this year … & this brings up memories of this year's & earlier debconfs, with their pkg-perl BOFs & their outdoor hacklabs. – looking through these photos of past events makes me grateful, both to the tireless organizers of debconf, & to the people who can share a bench with me for hours :)


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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2014-12-12 19:12:12 +0100
GDAC 2014/12

debian is again taking part in the OPW, & this afternoon I happened to read the backlog of the first weekly IRC meeting (in #debian-qa) between the mentors & the mentee for one of the projects. it was great to see that the participant's first patch is already merged & deployed, & that she closed her first bug report & is really getting into this debian world. – yay to great mentoring & increasing diversity!


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