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Debian Weekly News - February 1st, 2005

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - February 1st, 2005

Welcome to this year's 5th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for the
Debian community. Andreas Schuldei [1]announced that the
[2]registration for this year's Debian conference has been opened. Og
Maciel [3]installed Debian for the first time and thought that the
expert mode was appropriate, giving him the opportunity to answer all
27 questions of which only a fraction would be displayed during a
normal installation.

 1. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/01/msg00014.html
 2. http://comas.linux-aktivaattori.org/debconf5
 3. http://www.osnews.com/story.php?news_id=9516

Debian Developer Room at FOSDEM. Wouter Verhelst [4]announced the
talk schedule for the Debian developer room during this year's
[5]FOSDEM taking place at the end of February. The talks will cover
the release process, embedded Debian, the Debian Women project, the
Hurd, porting, quality assurance and more.

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2005/01/msg00064.html
 5. http://www.debian.org/events/2005/0226-fosdem

Dealing with missing Dependencies. Frank Küster [6]wondered why the
[7]Debian policy manual uses the word "should" and not "must" when it
comes to the requirement to add dependencies to packages which are
used in maintainer scripts. John Hasler [8]added that they are used
to distinguish the significance of the various guidelines. Jeroen van
Wolffelaar [9]explained that the significance for the sarge release
is defined in the [10]release policy.

 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01644.html
 7. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/
 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01669.html
 9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01670.html
 10. http://release.debian.org/sarge_rc_policy.txt

Library Packaging Guideline. Pierre Ancelot [11]wondered why the
[12]library packaging guide is not yet integrated into the official
[13]developers reference. Andreas Metzler [14]pointed out that it is
already linked from there. Junichi Uekawa [15]added that this document
is rather a recommendation that should be followed as long as there
are no good arguments against it.

 11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01646.html
 12. http://www.netfort.gr.jp/~dancer/column/libpkg-guide/libpkg-guide.html
 13. http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/
 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01648.html
 15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01746.html

MySQL related Packages Transition. Steve Langasek [16]discussed a late
transition of packages linking against MySQL libraries. Before, the
MySQL maintainer, upstream developers, and others have worked on
fixing the license so that it meets the needs of the software that
Debian distributes. Andreas Metzler [17]pointed out that there is
still a license problem with packages that also link to the OpenSSL
library. This seems to [18]break the whole plan, though.

 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01757.html
 17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01774.html
 18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01777.html

Woody to Sarge Upgrade? Henning Glawe [19]noticed that circular
dependencies prevent a normal upgrade from woody to sarge using
apt-get. The version in sarge works around this by increasing the
length of the argument list fed into dpkg. Steve Langasek [20]added
that the release notes recommend to use [21]aptitude for upgrading.

 19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01784.html
 20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01821.html
 21. http://packages.debian.org/aptitude

Gettext Script in Binary Directory. Jochen Voss [22]noticed that the
[23]gettext package installs a shell script component in the /usr/bin
directory with execute permissions removed. In [24]Bug#284637 Bruno
Haible [25]explains that it is meant to be included in shell scripts
and needs to be installed in this location. Anthony Towns [26]proposed
to add a SOURCEPATH variable to the shells.

 22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01797.html
 23. http://packages.debian.org/gettext
 24. http://bugs.debian.org/284637
 25. http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=284637&msg=6
 26. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01893.html

New 2005 Debian Archive Key. Several people noticed a problem with the
Debian archive recently, like apt-secure [27]failing. Steve Kowalik
[28]revealed that the archive key for 2004 has been expired and
apparently [29]GnuPG failed to create a signature with it leading to
empty files. Anthony Towns [30]created a new [31]archive key and noted
that it's almost four years that Debian started with a signature chain
but it is still not even supported by mainline software in Debian

 27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01843.html
 28. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01844.html
 29. http://www.gnupg.org/
 30. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/01/msg01898.html
 31. http://ftp-master.debian.org/ziyi_key_2005.asc

Bug Squashing Party. Frank Lichtenheld [32]announced the next bug
squashing party to take place from February 4th to 6th with
coordination in #debian-bugs on irc.debian.org. The number of release
critical [33]bugs is around 100 for several days already. Targets will
be packages that lack the license text for the [34]GNU FDL,
long-standing and complex bugs, QA uploads and work on removed

 32. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2005/01/msg00017.html
 33. http://bugs.debian.org/release-critical/
 34. http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html

Wishlist for Talks during DebConf 5. Lars Wirzenius [35]pondered about
talks he would like to have at the upcoming [36]Debian conference that
will take place in Helsinki in summer. Among others the list contains
very practical talks like writing good manpages, tutorials and
documentation, using gettext, understanding Unicode, adding test cases
to packages, identifying security problems.

 35. http://liw.iki.fi/liw/log/2005-01.html#20050128c
 36. http://www.debconf.org/debconf5

Temporary Exclusion of mipsel Architecture. Steve Langasek
[37]informed the developers that the [38]mipsel architecture will be
ignored for the propagation of packages into testing. This is only a
temporary measure in order to let a number of release critical
bugfixes migrate into testing. The port will have an opportunity to
catch up down before the release.

 37. http://lists.debian.org/debian-release/2005/01/msg00178.html
 38. http://www.debian.org/ports/mips/

Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.

 * DSA 659: [39]libpam-radius-auth -- Insecure temporary file.
 * DSA 660: [40]kdebase -- Authentication bypass.
 * DSA 661: [41]f2c -- Insecure temporary files.
 * DSA 662: [42]squirrelmail -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 663: [43]prozilla -- Arbitrary code execution.

 39. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-658
 40. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-660
 41. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-661
 42. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-662
 43. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-663

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [44]recently or contain important updates.

 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/newpkg_main

 * [45]graphviz -- Rich set of graph drawing tools.
 * [46]lg-issue108 -- Issue 108 of the Linux Gazette.
 * [47]lg-issue109 -- Issue 109 of the Linux Gazette.
 * [48]lg-issue110 -- Issue 110 of the Linux Gazette.
 * [49]vbetool -- Run real-mode video BIOS code to alter hardware

 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/graphviz
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/lg-issue108
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/lg-issue109
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/doc/lg-issue110
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/vbetool

Orphaned Packages. 3 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 241 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [50]WNPP pages for the full list,
and please add a note to the bug report and retitle it to ITA: if you
plan to take over a package.

 50. http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/

 * [51]binstats -- Statistics tool for installed programs.
 * [53]libcpanplus-perl -- Download and install perl modules from
   CPAN - in a modern way. ([54]Bug#292754)
 * [55]liblog-agent-logger-perl -- Log::Agent::Logger perl module.

 51. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/binstats
 52. http://bugs.debian.org/292019
 53. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libcpanplus-perl
 54. http://bugs.debian.org/292754
 55. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/liblog-agent-logger-perl
 56. http://bugs.debian.org/292916

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 57. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
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