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entries from December 2009

2009-12-27 22:35:42 +0100
RC bugs 2009/52
a short update on my RC-bug squashing activities:
  • #526210 – scim-kmfl-imengine: "FTBFS with GCC 4.4: missing #include"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #531715 – gcin: "FTBFS with GCC 4.4: missing #include"
    add comment to BTS, later NMU'd by zack
  • #534600 – spatialindex: "spatialindex: FTBFS with GCC 4.4"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #539543 – hubbub: "FTBFS with GCC 4.4: 'cptr' may be used uninitialized"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #546386 – fam: "FTBFS with gcc4.4"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #549223 – chuck: "fails to build with gcc-4.4/newer eglibc"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #550115 – gbgoffice: "FTBFS: invalid const conversion"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #553706 – glob2: "FTBFS with GCC 4.4: 'class GAGCore::StreamBackend' has no member named 'getc'"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2
  • to be honest, these were all easy bugs, I just grabbed existing patches (by Martin Michlmayr, peter green, & several Ubuntu folks).
  • reactions so far: one "thank you" mail, no other comments.
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2009-12-22 00:31:46 +0100
déjà-vu or: 25 years later
1984-12-19: police forces try to clear the protesters against the powerplant in the "hainburger au", finally the federal government declares a "christmas truce", & later the area at the danube becomes a national park. 2009-12-21: police forces evict students from the "audimax" in vienna, the center of the university protests. & I thought we as a society might have learned something. FAIL.
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2009-12-20 20:47:14 +0100
RC bugs 2009/51
after attending the Munich BSP 3 weeks ago (thanks for inviting me, & thanks especially to Stefan for hosting me) I've tasted blood & started to look at our RC bugs more often. I'm still far from zack's RCBW frequency; but I thought I'd give a short overview anyway; maybe it motivates others to chime in? – So here's a list of RC bugs I've touched in the last weeks (not counting some merges in the BTS):
  • #375025 – libzorpll: "libzorpll: FTBFS on GNU/kFreeBSD (due to unsatisfied Build-Depends on libcap-dev)"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2 (ok, technically not RC)
  • #544879 – clutter: "Missing libclutter-doc package"
    add comment at turmzimmer and BTS
  • #548616 – licq: "fails to build with gcc-4.4"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload
  • #553009 – libzorpll3.0.6: "libzorpll3.0.6: postinst-must-call-ldconfig /usr/lib/ by the dynamic library loader. Therefore, the package must call "ldconfig" in its postinst script."
    create post{rm,inst} and add dh_makeshlibs, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #553230 – libapache2-mod-macro: "libapache2-mod-macro: missing-dependency-on-libc needed by ./usr/lib/apache2/modules/ but the package doesn't depend on the C library package. Normally this indicates that ${shlibs: Depends} was omitted from the Depends line for this package in debian/control."
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #553560 – chiark-backup: "chiark-backup: file-in-etc-not-marked-as-conffile /etc/chiark-backup/snap/nosnap"
    add file to conffiles, upload to DELAYED/5
  • #556214 – pyspi: "pyspi: FTBFS: Error: pkg-config could not find x11"
    apply patch from the BTS, upload to DELAYED/2
  • #559077 – google-gadgets-common: "google-gadgets-common: needs to depend on shared-mime-info because of postinst"
    add comment at turmzimmer
  • #560637 – src:libdatetime-format-dateparse-perl: "libdatetime-format-dateparse-perl: FTBFS: tests failed"
    apply patch from upstream bug tracker, upload (ok, I'm in Uploaders)
  • so gar I got 4 "thank you" mails, two offers to adopt a package, & no complaints.
  • we really have interesting packages in the archive; look at this nice stanza in the PTS: Lintian reports 5 errors and 221 warnings about this package. You should make the package lintian clean getting rid of them.
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2009-12-10 17:58:47 +0100
mad wifi? madwifi!
seems I'm only blogging about wifi problems on my laptop. anyway, status update: I'm visiting friends, & I really want to sit in their kitchen/living room with my thinkpad & wifi. – as usual it didn't really work (dropouts, incredibly long RTTs, terribly slow connection, ...). but I think I found a solution: like in summer I tried with madwifi instead of ath5k. but this time not with the madwifi-hal- tarball but with the madwifi-0.9.4-current.tar.gz from so I again created a madwifi-source package & then built a madwifi-modules package against my current (2.6.31, 2.6.32 had funny issues yesterday) kernel. & lo&behold – I seem to have something that feels like wifi again. the madwifi-source package is available at the Toastfreeware Debian Repository's experimental/non-free area. (& now let's see if I have to revoke my success story or not.)
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