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Debian Weekly News - June 20th, 2006

Debian Weekly News
Debian Weekly News - June 20th, 2006

Welcome to this year's 25th issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. Matt Brown [1]created a couple of wrapper
scripts around sbuild and debarchiver to automatically build uploaded
packages. Isaac Clerencia [2]reported that the [3]Zaragoza City Hall
has deployed a thin-client solution based on Debian in six elderly

 1. http://www.mattb.net.nz/blog/2005/10/26/lightweight-debian-archive-scripts/
 2. http://people.warp.es/~isaac/blog/index.php/debian-kde-deployment-for-elderly-people-32
 3. http://www.zaragoza.es/

Homepage Location in Package Description. Kai Hendry [4]pointed out
that the way URLs are listed in package descriptions is a hack which
in practice commonly defers from the Developer's [5]reference.
Margarita Manterola [6]suggested to first patch dpkg with a Homepage
field in order to address this problem in policy. Raphaël Hertzog
finally recommended this meta field should be incorporated in a Web
application of a [7]collaborative repository of meta information for

 4. http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy/2006/06/msg00037.html
 5. http://www.debian.org/doc/developers-reference/ch-best-pkging-practices.en.html#s-bpp-upstream-info
 6. http://lists.debian.org/debian-policy/2006/06/msg00038.html
 7. http://wiki.debian.org/CRMI

Debian Community Conference Italy. Marco Bertorello [8]announced the
Debian community [9]conference to take place on the 16th and 17th
September in Venice, Italy. This conference is organised by the
Italian Debian community and aims at users, developers, translators
and all those who love Debian.

 8. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2006/06/msg00010.html
 9. http://italiandebconf.debianizzati.org/index.php/English_Info

On compressing PDF Files. Yaroslav Halchenk [10]noticed that about
half of the PDF files distributed with Debian [11]unstable are
compressed into .pdf.gz files and cannot easily be read by commonly
used PDF readers. According to [12]policy large documents need to be
compressed, but PDF files are already compressed inside. Compressing
the remaining PDF files with [13]gzip will only save about 50 MB while
not compressing the compressed PDF files would cost about 150 MB of

 10. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/05/msg01434.html
 11. http://www.debian.org/releases/unstable/
 12. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-docs#s12.3
 13. http://packages.debian.org/gzip

Debian Mentors Site relaunched. Christoph Haas [14]announced the
relaunch of the [15]mentors service that is dedicated to help package
maintainers who are not yet Debian developers get their packages
uploaded into Debian by sponsors. The new site has an improved web
interface and several new features that are supposed to help bring
package maintainers and sponsors together.

 14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-mentors/2006/06/msg00355.html
 15. http://mentors.debian.net/

Executing System-V Style Init Script. Lars Wirzenius [16]noted that a
lot of packages still don't make use of invoke-rc.d in their
maintainer scripts. This is required by [17]policy 3.7.2 and a
[18]lintian check should be in place already. According to the
[19]list of release-critical issues for [20]etch these packages
violate policy but this bug is not release-critical.

 16. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2006/05/msg01746.html
 17. http://www.debian.org/doc/debian-policy/ch-opersys#s9.3.3.2
 18. http://packages.debian.org/lintian
 19. http://release.debian.org/etch_rc_policy.txt
 20. http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/

Hardly used orphaned Packages. Nathanael Nerode [21]created a list of
packages that are orphaned and have less than 20 [22]recorded
installations. These are candidates for removal as they have less than
one installation in 500. He wondered if somebody would object filing
removal requests since they clutter the archive and use the Debian
infrastructure but nobody cares to maintain them. Bas Zoetekouw
[23]argued that even if only a few people use these packages, they are
in use and should probably be kept if they're don't have
release-critical bug reports.

 21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/06/msg00043.html
 22. http://popcon.debian.org/
 23. http://lists.debian.org/debian-qa/2006/06/msg00044.html

Debian Day at FroOSCon. Joey [24]announced that the Debian project
organises a one-day conference during [25]FrOSCon in Sankt Augustin,
Germany, where it also maintains a booth. The [26]conference will take
place on Saturday, June 24th and aims at users and people interested
in the structure of Debian.

 24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-events-eu/2006/06/msg00011.html
 25. http://www.debian.org/events/2006/0624-froscon
 26. http://wiki.snow-crash.org/FrosCon06

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

 * DSA 1096: [27]webcalendar -- Arbitrary code execution.
 * DSA 1097: [28]Linux 2.4.27 -- Several vulnerabilities.
 * DSA 1098: [29]horde3 -- Cross-site scripting.
 * DSA 1099: [30]horde2 -- Cross-site scripting.
 * DSA 1100: [31]wv2 -- Integer overflow.

 27. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1096
 28. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1097
 29. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1098
 30. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1099
 31. http://www.debian.org/security/2006/dsa-1100

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [32]recently or contain important updates.

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

 * [33]acpi-support -- Collection of useful events for ACPI.
 * [34]advancecomp -- Collection of recompression utilities.
 * [35]airport-utils -- Configuration and management utilities for
   Apple AirPort base stations.
 * [36]bsc -- Graphical file manager with two panels.
 * [37]buoh -- Online comic-strip reader for GNOME.
 * [38]cobex -- Connector for mobile devices.
 * [39]cpulimit -- Limits the CPU usage of a process.
 * [40]digitools -- Set of tools to control ASUS Digimatrix embedded
 * [41]dvipost -- Post processor for DVI files supporting change
 * [42]ekiga -- H.323 and SIP compatible VOIP client.
 * [43]flumotion -- Fluendo Streaming Server - manager, worker and
 * [44]remote-tty -- Multiuser "tip"/"cu" replacement with logging.
 * [45]systemtap -- Instrumentation system for Linux 2.6.
 * [46]texlive-latex3 -- TeX Live: Experiment LaTeX3 packages.
 * [47]tinyscheme -- Very small scheme implementation.
 * [48]unpaper -- Post-processing tool for scanned pages.
 * [49]vim-sisu -- SiSU vim syntax highlighter and folds.
 * [50]xtlf -- Single user (single node) version of tlf.

 33. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/acpi-support
 34. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/advancecomp
 35. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/airport-utils
 36. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/bsc
 37. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/buoh
 38. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/comm/cobex
 39. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/cpulimit
 40. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/utils/digitools
 41. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/dvipost
 42. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/ekiga
 43. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/flumotion
 44. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/remote-tty
 45. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/systemtap
 46. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/tex/texlive-latex3
 47. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/tinyscheme
 48. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/unpaper
 49. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/vim-sisu
 50. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/hamradio/xtlf

Orphaned Packages. 27 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 311 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [51]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. To find out which orphaned packages are
installed on your system the wnpp-alert program from devscripts may be

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

 * [52]aleph -- Aleph programming language - Emacs mode.
 * [54]apt-listbugs -- Lists critical bugs before each apt
   installation. ([55]Bug#374104)
 * [56]asiya24-vfont -- Japanese Maru Gothic font in Zeit's Syotai
   Club format. ([57]Bug#374105)
 * [58]autounit -- Development files for C unit testing framework.
 * [60]celestia -- Real-time visual space simulation (KDE frontend).
 * [62]cvsreport -- Extract activity reports from a CVS repository.
 * [64]dcd -- Command-line CD player. ([65]Bug#374127)
 * [66]debnest -- Nested Build System of Debian Source Package.
 * [68]debpartial -- Debian Packages/Sources file partition tool.
 * [70]ecos -- Deeply embedded operating system. ([71]Bug#374108)
 * [72]feedparser -- Universal Feed Parser for Python.
 * [74]fidogate -- Gateway between FidoNet and Internet.
 * [76]gnurobots -- Program a robot to explore a world.
 * [78]gst-python -- GStreamer Python bindings (0.8).
 * [80]gst0.10-python -- GStreamer Python bindings (0.10).
 * [82]libintl-gettext-ruby -- Gettext wrapper for Ruby 1.6.
 * [84]libipc-shareable-perl -- Access IPC shared memory segments
   through Perl. ([85]Bug#374121)
 * [86]libmail-verp-perl -- Variable Envelope Return Paths (VERP)
   address encoder/decoder. ([87]Bug#374030)
 * [88]lphdisk -- Prepares hibernation partition for Phoenix
   NoteBIOS. ([89]Bug#374110)
 * [90]mt-st -- Linux SCSI tape driver aware magnetic tape control
   (aka. mt). ([91]Bug#374122)
 * [92]phpreports -- XML-based report generator for PHP.
 * [94]trueprint -- Pretty printing of source code.
 * [96]ultrapossum -- UltraPossum startTLS support module.
 * [98]ultrapossum-slapd -- UltraPossum plugin to use slapd
   optimized for UltraPossum. ([99]Bug#374112)
 * [100]vflib2 -- Vector Font Library for Japanese Character Code.
 * [102]yank -- Yet another notekeeper. ([103]Bug#374129)
 * [104]zmailer -- Mailer for Extreme Performance Demands.

 52. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/aleph
 53. http://bugs.debian.org/374120
 54. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/apt-listbugs
 55. http://bugs.debian.org/374104
 56. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/asiya24-vfont
 57. http://bugs.debian.org/374105
 58. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libautounit2
 59. http://bugs.debian.org/374124
 60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/celestia
 61. http://bugs.debian.org/374534
 62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/cvsreport
 63. http://bugs.debian.org/373928
 64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/sound/dcd
 65. http://bugs.debian.org/374127
 66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/debnest
 67. http://bugs.debian.org/374106
 68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/debpartial
 69. http://bugs.debian.org/374107
 70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/ecos
 71. http://bugs.debian.org/374108
 72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-feedparser
 73. http://bugs.debian.org/374499
 74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/fidogate
 75. http://bugs.debian.org/374520
 76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/gnurobots
 77. http://bugs.debian.org/374125
 78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-gst
 79. http://bugs.debian.org/374500
 80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/python/python-gst0.10
 81. http://bugs.debian.org/374501
 82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/interpreters/libintl-gettext-ruby
 83. http://bugs.debian.org/374109
 84. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libipc-shareable-perl
 85. http://bugs.debian.org/374121
 86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libmail-verp-perl
 87. http://bugs.debian.org/374030
 88. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/lphdisk
 89. http://bugs.debian.org/374110
 90. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/admin/mt-st
 91. http://bugs.debian.org/374122
 92. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/web/phpreports
 93. http://bugs.debian.org/374425
 94. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/text/trueprint
 95. http://bugs.debian.org/374128
 96. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ultrapossum
 97. http://bugs.debian.org/374111
 98. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/ultrapossum-slapd
 99. http://bugs.debian.org/374112
 100. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/vflib2
 101. http://bugs.debian.org/374113
 102. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/yank
 103. http://bugs.debian.org/374129
 104. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/mail/zmailer
 105. http://bugs.debian.org/373908

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page to find out how to help. We're looking forward to receiving your
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 106. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
 107. mailto:dwn@debian.org

This issue of Debian Weekly News was edited by Kai Hendry,
Sebastian Feltel, Christoph Haas and Martin 'Joey' Schulze.

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