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Bugs older than two years

Hello again world,

I posted this list around the start of this month, so I guess it's about
time for an update. 

For those who didn't see it last time, it's a list of non-wishlist,
unfixed bugs that are 24 months old or more. Obviously, these aren't as
high a priority as the release-critical bugs, but they're still worth
fixing, so if you're feeling bored with packaging the latest and greatest
versions of anything and everything, you might like to try your hand at
fixing some of these.

The theory is basically:

	* check to see if you can reproduce the bug. If you can't,
	  and you think you should be able to, check through the changelog
	  and/or mail the submitter/maintainer to see if the bug really
	  does still exist.

	* if you can reproduce the bug, see if there's an obvious
	  cause. If there's a patch in the report, try applying that,
	  and see if it solves it. Search the web to see if it's been
	  discussed somewhere else. Check RedHat's version of the package
	  to see if they've got a fix. Check the source yourself to
	  see if anything's obviously wrong. If you have any success,
	  mail a summary to the bug number.

	* if you can find the cause, see if you can fix it. If you can,
	  mail a patch, with an explanation to the maintainer, and, if
	  you're a developer, offer to do an NMU.

An up-to-the-minute copy of this list is available at


This even has spiffy links to the bug pages themselves, now, and should be
nicely formatted for your browser. It gets updated automatically a couple
of times a day, so closed/fixed bugs should disappear automatically. If
there's some more info on the status of the bug that would be nice to have
on the oldbugs page, please mail me about it.

This list excludes dpkg and X related bugs -- please join the debian-dpkg
list and work with those guys for dpkg bugs, or the X Strike Force at


for X related bugs.

Changes since last time:

    * The man-db bugs seem to be mostly fixed, if not all closed.

    * Torsten Landschoff has submitted a patch for bug 4293

    * Michael Dorman's packages that were affected, namely mailtools,
      xpm4.7 and mhonarc no longer have *any* open bugs!

    * Bug#5583 against boot-floppies has been addressed, and boot-floppies
      doesn't have any other bugs older than two-years.

    * Julian Gibley has adopted fvwm, and fixed all the really old bugs,
      as well as most of the recent ones.
    * Bug#6087 against strace has been addressed, and strace doesn't have
      any other bugs older than two-years.

    * Bug#7148 against libdb2-dev has been addressed, leaving no bugs
      older than two years, and only one bug younger than two years left!

    * Bug#7541 against dupload has been reclassified as wishlist.

All of which is, of course, very cool.

On the downside, a whole month full of bugs have suddenly hit the "older
than two years mark", we've gone from 66 bugs older than two years, to
around 75.

So, without further ado, the list itself...

                            Bugs Over Two Years Old
   Report date: Tue Mar 30 07:34:00 CST 1999
   Number of bugs: 75
   Package: tkman
   Maintainer: Debian QA Group <debian-qa@lists.debian.org>
   [ADOPT] Adopted by Torsten Landschoff <t.landschoff@gmx.net>
   2884 tkman doesn't use /var/catman
   Package: mandelspawn
   Maintainer: Andrew Howell <andrew@it.com.au>
   3176 mandelspawn slave problems
   Package: deliver
   Maintainer: scott@debian.org (Scott K. Ellis)
   3319 deliver does not set exit codes as expected by sendmail
   Package: login
   Maintainer: Guy Maor <maor@debian.org>
   3439 Login reconfigures serial port
   [HELP] Can anyone confirm this bug still exists?
   Package: man-db
   Maintainer: Fabrizio Polacco <fpolacco@debian.org>
   3739 `man -l -' for stdin doesn't work
   [DONE] fixed in man-db 2.3.10
   3788 `apropos' matches only word-substrings even in page names
   [DONE] fixed by Vincent
   Package: lynx
   Maintainer: Christian Hudon <chrish@debian.org>
   3846 lynx misdisplays multiple <dt> in <dl>
   [HELP] Is this really a bug?
   Package: xaw3dg
   Maintainer: joost witteveen <joostje@debian.org>
   3857 listres dumps core
   Package: ncurses-bin
   Maintainer: Galen Hazelwood <galenh@debian.org>
   3973 Home/End keys don't work right in nvi
   [HELP] Is this really an nvi problem?
   Package: emacs19
   Maintainer: eichin@thok.org (Mark W. Eichin)
   4107 emacs leaves stale lockfiles and publishes pathnames
   4388 emacs mail-mode fails RFC822 section 3.4.7
   4483 emacs gnus-setup.el has bad hardcoded pathnames
   4890 emacs has bad path for jka-compr in site-start
   4997 mh-e will fail inc askes for POP passwd.
   7074 feature request (Was: Carsten Leonhardt: Re: ~/Maildir/ user
   8467 two patches for emacs, bug in debug.el and backtab in
   8468 missing call to fix_glyph on border (Evil hacking with
   glyphs, faces, d-tables)
   Package: mosaic, xserver-s3
   4160 Mosaic caused X to become unresponsive to mouse and keyboard
   Package: mosaic
   Maintainer: Gene McCulley <mcculley@debian.org>
   [REMOVE] Should this package be removed?
   4223 Mosaic looks bad on mono display
   4224 Mosaic produces poor rendering of nested markup
   Package: 9term
   Maintainer: Joel Klecker <jk@espy.org>
   4243 9term leaves mouse droppings
   Package: mawk
   Maintainer: James Troup <awkmaint@nocrew.org>
   4293 mawk doesn't report an error on full filesystems
   [PATCH] Torsten Landschoff <t.landschoff@gmx.net> has submitted a patch.
   Package: net-acct
   Maintainer: Bernd Eckenfels <ecki@debian.org>
   4309 no manpage in net-acct
   Package: mosaic, emacs
   4826 Mosaic/Emacs cut-and-paste incompatibility
   Package: xcontrib
   Maintainer: eichin@kitten.gen.ma.us (Mark W. Eichin)
   4926 Error: Widget dash has zero width and/or height
   Package: lprng
   Maintainer: Sven Rudolph <sr1@inf.tu-dresden.de>
   5166 lprng incompatible with netatalk
   8298 LPRng doesn't print to older lpr printers
   8416 lprng: should recommend removing init.d script of lpr
   8607 bogus printcap entry; checkpc doesn't complain
   Package: e2fsprogs
   Maintainer: Yann Dirson <dirson@debian.org>
   5256 bug in badblocks(8) or in kernel
   Package: ispell
   Maintainer: Debian QA Group <debian-qa@lists.debian.org>
   5379 munchlist ignores -w
   8585 ispell: ispell does not understand amslatex constructs
   Package: 9wm
   Maintainer: Debian QA <debian-qa@lists.debian.org>
   5409 odd behavior from 9wm
   6439 9wm died
   6772 9wm sloppy about state
   Package: freefont
   Maintainer: Christoph Lameter <christoph@lameter.com>
   5511 freefont should check if xfs is used
   Package: man2html
   Maintainer: Nicolás Lichtmaier <nick@feedback.net.ar>
   5587 man2html gets options(n) wrong
   Package: zgv
   Maintainer: Andy Mortimer <andy.mortimer@zetnet.co.uk>
   5590 zgv renders unreadable text
   Package: manpages-dev
   Maintainer: Nicolás Lichtmaier <nick@debian.org>
   5632 manpages-dev: setbuf(3) should have more detail.
   7405 manpages 1.11-8 : mmap(2) should describe the effects of
   fork(2) on it
   Package: bind
   Maintainer: Bdale Garbee <bdale@gag.com>
   [STRATEGY] A proper fix to these problems requires some effort. Bdale
   is currently working on it.
   5643 bind config omits some important stuff
   6972 named.conf should be in /etc
   Package: libc4
   [REMOVE] libc4 is no longer supported
   5666 libc5-dev_5.4.13-1 fails in postinstallation (but installs)
   Package: libc4-dev
   [REMOVE] libc4 is no longer supported
   5688 libc4-dev overwrites many files from libc4
   Package: libreadline2
   Maintainer: Guy Maor <maor@debian.org>
   5703 echo off in ftp after it was backgrounded
   Package: psutils
   Maintainer: Rob Browning <rlb@cs.utexas.edu>
   5940 pstops does something strange
   Package: nvi
   Maintainer: Steve Greenland <stevegr@debian.org>
   5946 nvi +cmd has changed behavior
   [HELP] Is this a bug?
   Package: dome
   Maintainer: Chris Fearnley <cjf@netaxs.com>
   6345 deb-check 0.2 report on
   Package: most
   Maintainer: Chris Fearnley <cjf@netaxs.com>
   6539 Most has bug while searching manpages
   Package: fvwm95
   Maintainer: Daniel Martin <fizbin@debian.org>
   6548 fvwm95 2.0.42a-10 : Taskbar gets confused or killed by
   Package: ipx
   Maintainer: peloy@debian.org (Eloy A. Paris)
   6956 IPX: Network number collision ...
   Package: ncftp2
   Maintainer: Martin Mitchell <martin@debian.org>
   7189 ncftp can't do recursive get
   [DOWNGRADE] Probably should be downgraded to wishlist.
   7486 QUIT not working when interface is down
   8204 ncftp: urls without trailing / fail
   Package: kaffe
   Maintainer: ean@novare.net (Ean R. Schuessler)
   7346 kaffe has divert problem
   8088 need to upgrade
   Package: xaw3d
   Maintainer: joost witteveen <joostje@debian.org>
   7355 xaw3d: linking statically with xaw3d
   8168 xaw3d has shared libraries but no .shlibs file
   Package: manpages
   Maintainer: Nicolás Lichtmaier <nick@debian.org>
   7618 manpages 1.11-8 : networks(5) missing
   Package: netdiag
   Maintainer: Philip Hands <phil@hands.com>
   7794 netdiag: Program(s) leave port in promiscuous mode
   Package: ncurses-term
   Maintainer: Galen Hazelwood <galenh@debian.org>
   7849 ncurses various bugs
   Package: fdutils
   Maintainer: Anthony Fok <foka@debian.org>
   7893 fdformat causes my floppy parameters to be lost
   [REMOVED?] fdformat is rumoured to have been removed from fdutils?
   8352 fdutils: Major problems with fdutils
   Package: cvs
   Maintainer: Tom Lees <tom@lpsg.demon.co.uk>
   7955 cvs 1.9-1 : "cvs init" not mentioned
   Package: rsynth
   Maintainer: Frank Jordan <f.jordan@uni-duisburg.de>
   8017 rsynth-2.0-2
   Package: itimer
   8049 itimer edits /etc/site-start.el
   Package: debian-policy
   Maintainer: Debian Policy List <debian-policy@lists.debian.org>
   8221 ispell suggests non-existant package
   Package: cdwrite
   Maintainer: Dale Scheetz <dwarf@polaris.net>
   8248 cdwrite 2.1 is out there
   Package: tin
   Maintainer: Paul Haggart <phaggart@debian.org>
   8344 tin: tin doen't restore original color in a rxvt
   Package: bug
   Maintainer: Nicolás Lichtmaier <nick@feedback.net.ar>
   8429 bug: ask befor including conffiles in bug reports
   Package: isapnptools
   Maintainer: Frederic Lepied <Lepied@debian.org>
   8483 Bug in isapnptools Version: 1.9-1
   Package: kernel-source-2.0.33
   Maintainer: Herbert Xu <herbert@debian.org>
   8527 kernel-source-2.0.29: Tosh Tecra 730 won't boot (Jens
   Maurer's 2.0.27 fix missing)
   Package: modutils
   Maintainer: Wichert Akkerman <wakkerma@debian.org>
   8550 kerneld start too late
   Package: sliphangup
   8592 sliphangup: there should be an option ...
   Package: locales
   Maintainer: Joel Klecker and others <debian-glibc@lists.debian.org>
   8615 wg15-locale: ISO-8859 locales lissing


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