New experimental shadow package 220.127.116.11-1, synced with upstream
The shadow package maintenance team is glad to announce the release
of version 4.0.11-1 of the shadow package, in experimental.
Shadow is the source package for passwd and login and is part of the
base system. Both packages are "Priority: required".
This package was highly desynchronized with upstream: up to now we
had version 4.0.3 in Debian (including sarge and sid) while
upstream was still moving on with many changes. Moreover, the 4.0.3
Debian version had accumulated a huge number of Debian-specific patches.
Since May, the shadow package maintenance team has worked both on the
current version in Debian (trying to deal with over 120 bug reports,
some of them being over 5 years old), and the new version.
While dealing with many issues in 4.0.3, the team also did its best to
resynchronise with upstream. The huge number of Debian patches made
this work very tedious and long, which explains the 3 months delay for
a new version in Debian.
However, thanks mostly to the work of Nicolas François, helped by
Alexander Gattin, as well as the upstream author's (Tomasz Klockzko's)
collaboration, we have managed to prepare a new release which uses the
latest upstream code, namely version 18.104.22.168.
We did our best to keep all features from 4.0.3 available with the
goal of making the transition as smooth as possible.
Of course, given the critical importance of some utilities provided
by login and passwd (mostly su), we have decided to upload the new
version in experimental.
Please test it as much as possible by installing the new passwd and
login packages. Package maintainers who use "su" in their maintainer
scripts should test them with the new su as much as possible.
We also recommend all package maintainers using useradd to give these
packages a try and check them (DO NOT confuse useradd, which is a "low
level" utility provided by passwd, and adduser which is a Debian
specific utility, provided in a separate package).
Hope you'll enjoy the new beast,
The shadow package maintenance team, starring
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