Debian Weekly News - August 23rd, 2005
Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - August 23rd, 2005
Welcome to this year's 34th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The Debian project leader has delegated to
Don Armstrong the authority to make a decision regarding the use of
the Debian trademark by the (as currently named) DCC Alliance. Mick
Weiss thought about setting up torrents for large sets of
data, not only CD and DVD images but also videos.
Installing Debian on Sun Blade 150. Nishant Sharma wrote a short
howto on installing Debian on a Sun Blade 150, a 64 bit
workstation based on the UltraSPARC processor. The installation goes
by the book, using the network installer. Since configuring XFree86 is
a bit tricky he provides a proper snippet from the configuration file.
Kernel Version Dependency. Masanori Goto noticed that building
glibc is not possible on 2.4 kernels anymore due to NPTL threading
support, which requires certain kernel versions. This poses a problem
when more architectures get NPTL support while their buildds still run
License Incompatibility. Elimar Riesebieter reported that the new
version of moc requires the curl library which itself uses the
OpenSSL library. This poses a problem since moc is licensed under
the GNU GPL which is not compatible with the OpenSSL license.
Torsten Landschoff added that the same has happened to
libldap2 before. Domenico Andreoli seems to be willing to
switch the curl library to GNU TLS.
Using LSB Init Scripts. Marco d'Itri considered switching the init
scripts of his packages to lsb-base, which required it to be
promoted to priority important. Petter Reinholdtsen provided an
easy way to use the LSB only when it is available. Thomas Hood even
noticed the lack of a progress function. The package lsb-base has
since then been promoted to the priority important, hence, the
provided functions may be used by all init scripts.
Removing transitional Packages. Mohammed Adnène Trojette would
like to remove transitional packages that were required for the
upgrade from woody to sarge, since they are no longer needed for the
upgrade to etch. Steve Langasek explained that skipping a release
is not supported when upgrading and, hence, these transitional
packages are only useless cruft that Debian should strive to get rid
of before the etch release.
Problematic cyclic Dependencies. Lars Wirzenius noticed while
working on piuparts that dpkg isn't able to remove some
packages, that turned out to have cyclic dependencies. In this
case the removal script calls a program from the other package that is
already removed, which results in a failure.
Report from the first Debian Conference India. Sundara Nagarajan wrote
a report about the first Debian Conference India. Ramakrishnan
Muthukrishnan and Ganesan Rajagopal spoke about the Debian philosophy,
process and their experience of becoming Debian contributors. Ganesan
also brought up his vision for integrating and merging other
India-based free and open source projects with Debian.
Closing old Bug Reports. Hamish Moffatt wondered when it is
appropriate to close bug reports for a package that is only around in
woody (alias oldstable). Steve Langasek explained how the commands
notfound, found and close work with the new version tracking and
Gustavo Franco contributed a link to a quick reference.
Automatic Installation and Purging. Lars Wirzenius is running
piuparts against etch and has discovered a lot of bugs that he
would like to report properly. This effort was widely appreciated
among readers. Petter Reinholdtsen wondered if this work could be
extended to test upgrades from woody to sarge and from sarge to etch.
Digital Signatures for Bug Handling? Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña
had to reopen a bug report that was accidently closed by a spam
message. He proposed to start thinking about implementing
authentication checks in the bug tracking system. While
contributors were not opposed to this idea, they asked not to
depend on only valid signatures from Debian developers.
Shared Library Package Naming. Junichi Uekawa reported that the
way to decide which -dev package accompanies which runtime library
package is to heuristically look at the Packages file to investigate
what packages are generated from the same source. Steve Langasek
explained several options on how to deal with this in connection
LDAP Gateway to the Bug Tracking System. Andreas Barth announced
that the LDAP gateway to the bug tracking system (BTS) is running
on master again, on port 10101. It had to be turned off on the
machine running the BTS due to horsepower limitations since it also
runs the archive as a temporary measurement.
Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.
* DSA 777: mozilla -- Frame injection spoofing vulnerability.
* DSA 778: mantis -- Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 779: mozilla-firefox -- Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 780: kdegraphics -- Denial of service.
* DSA 781: mozilla-thunderbird -- Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 782: bluez-utils -- Arbitrary command execution.
New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive recently or contain important updates.
* crystalcursors -- X11 mouse theme with the crystal look&feel.
* dconf -- Collect system information.
* feed2imap -- Feed aggregator (RSS/Atom) which puts items on a
IMAP mail server.
* gnome-schedule -- GNOME scheduler for automatic tasks.
* inadyn -- Client to alleviate the requirements for an Internet
* input-utils -- Utilities for the input layer of the Linux
* kasumi -- Simple dictionary utility for Anthy.
* ldapscripts -- Add and remove user and groups (stored in a
* nzb -- Usenet binary grabber.
* sbackup -- Simple backup suite for desktop use.
* soundstretch -- Stretches and pitch-shifts sound
* turkey -- Dummy text generator.
* twinkle -- Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) SIP Phone.
* ufraw -- Standalone importer for raw camera images.
* vde -- Virtual distributed ethernet.
* vym -- View your mind.
Orphaned Packages. 11 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 190 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the 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.
* fv -- Tool for viewing and editing FITS format files.
* ifhp -- Printer filter for HP LaserJet printers.
* kernel-patch-2.4-kgdb -- GDB debugging for the kernel.
* memprof -- Memory profiler and leak detector. (Bug#324607)
* mgm -- HTML documentation for MGM. (Bug#323677)
* mindterm -- Java SSH client that can be used as a web applet.
* mozilla-locale-it -- Mozilla Italian Language/Region Package.
* psrip -- Extract images from PostScript files.
* rioutil -- Talk to USB based Diamond MM products.
* xcircuit -- Draw circuit schematics or almost anything.
* xed -- Standard text editor for X. (Bug#323679)
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