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Re: linhdd concerns (was: Re: Updated Debian Maintainers Keyring)

On Nov 24, 2007 7:44 PM, Anthony Towns <aj@azure.humbug.org.au> wrote:
> Hi Ramakrishnan, Mohammed, Jaldhar, Kartik,

Hi all,

Please read me inline.

> It's been pointed out that Kartik's latest upload of linhdd has included
> an i386 binary in arch:all package, and explicitly overriden the lintian
> warning for it (see the mail quoted below). That seems pretty dodgy.

Yes. Its pretty bad. I agree. And deeply apologize.

> Kartik what possible reason did you have for overriding the lintian
> error report, rather than changing your package to remove the error?

linhdd introduce binary abs_fdisk which was modified copy of fdisk
from new version 0.4. It was arch:all before that too, and previous
maintainer set it to arch:all saying 'it will save achieve space'.

Since, it was working fine with 0.3, linhdd now depends on modified
copy of fdisk, abs_fdisk. I fixed this by adding upstream provided
copy of it.

> Did
> you ask anyone's advice before doing so? Why are you asking for the
> removal of linhdd now (Bug#452629), instead of *fixing* the package,
> eg, by making the package architecture specific instead of arch:all and
> either the binary built as part of debian/rules, or simply using the
> fdisk that's already packaged as part of util-linux?

As suggested to me, I did removal of linhdd. To fix this bug, we have
to build util-linux and I think its too much and probably wrong to
have fdisk stay in /usr/bin.

> Ramakrishnan, how did your sponsorship checking miss both this error
> and the RC bug (442093) the previous upload introduced by the i386
> binary's absence?
> Mohammed and Jaldhar, as advocates (and AM) of Kartik, do you have
> anything to add here?
> For the record, Ramakrishnan also seems to have sponsored uploads of the
> following packages for Kartik that are still present in the archive:
> of festival, festival-doc, fontypython, speech-tools, tagtool, and
> uni2ascii. His only other sponsored upload still in the archive is kpsk
> 1.0.1-3 in sarge for Sebastian Muszynski.
> Kartik is listed as maintainer of:
>  aspell-gu      | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  ayttm          | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  bake           | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  blast          | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  chmlib         | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  clara          | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  dvdrtools      | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  festival       | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  festival-doc   | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  fontypython    | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  freetalk       | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  gnome-specimen | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  gtkdiskfree    | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  kphotobymail   | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  ldtp           | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  ldtp-doc       | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  libyahoo2      | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  linhdd         | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  mpy-svn-stats  | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  pygtkmvc       | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  pyslide        | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  recoll         | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  scanmem        | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  sitecopy       | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  speech-tools   | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  tagtool        | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  tepache        | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  uni2ascii      | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  xchm           | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  xmms-crossfade | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  xmountains     | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
>  xosview        | Kartik Mistry <kartik.mistry@gmail.com>
> On Fri, Nov 23, 2007 at 06:49:24PM +0000, Steve McIntyre wrote:
> > >> dm:kartik.mistry@gmail.com
> > >>     Full name: Kartik Mistry
> > >I don't know if that was such a good idea, see #452464
> > Wow, the linhdd package is *special*. Based on initial analysis of
> > this package, please remove:
> >  * the DM (Kartik Mistry) from the keyring (he clearly needs to learn
> >    more before he should be allowed to upload directly)
> >  * the upload rights of the sponsor (Ramakrishnan M
> >    <rkrishnan@debian.org>) who uploaded this to incoming without any
> >    suitable level of checking. This is a *much* more important problem
> >    IMHO.
> >  * the package itself
> > The package contains an i386 binary (abs_fdisk)in a binary-all
> > package, directly installed from a binary that comes in the upstream
> > source packages. To accompany that, there are the following
> > highlights:
> >  * a README.Debian stating
> >   "linhdd also has binary called 'abs_fdisk' which is used for linhdd
> >    working correctly. util-linux is provided for its source.
> >   "To save archive space, the package is set to Architecture:
> >    all. Please do not report this as a bug on the mentioned
> >    architectures."
> >  * a lintian.override file to suppress errors about it
> >  * "changed" source files that claim to be used in fdisk and abs_fdisk
> > I expect a *much* higher standard of packages in our archive, and I
> > hope I'm not alone here.

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